And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15b (NLT)
Paul said, be thankful.
Yesterday we shared thoughts of Elizabeth’s collision with the drunk driver’s vehicle several years ago. When her poor Buick had to be towed away to the junkyard, we were thankful; we were so very grateful that she wasn’t towed along with her car!
With the peace of God ruling in our hearts, it is simple to be grateful when life has been preserved and you are face to face with a crumpled-up Buick in the harsh December night…and you are struck with the cold reality that your wife of 40 years could have been just as crumpled up as her car.
Thankfulness, or gratitude, is the natural bubbling-up of praise when things are in proper perspective.
We managed to buy a used pickup truck for our son about 25 years ago. It wasn’t a big prize, but it was the first one he would own that didn’t need an act of Congress to start.
To say he was grateful is an understatement. I can still see the tears welling-up in his eyes and feel his bear hug. It just comes out of you when you have been blessed!
When you look at all the circumstances of life, and realize that Jesus has gone through the worst of it, and has made the offer to go with you through any stuff you’ve got on your plate…well, there are just some times you need to lift up a grateful voice and sing!
Are you a follower of Jesus Christ?
If so, that means at some point you realized that Christ took on a whole lot more for you when He went to the cross than our Buick received that night on the dark country road; Jesus took on every one of your sins for all eternity, and washed you white as snow.
Can you be thankful today?
Think about that out on your rocky road today, and have a great day.