Colossians 1:12 (ESV) from the Revised Common Lectionary – Nov. 24, 2019
[Paul wrote to the faithful in Colossae] “Giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.”
“Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation … complaining isn’t good for you,” wrote Dr. Travis Bradberry, President, TalentSmart. Bradberry compared the personal impact of complaining to smoking, drinking too much, and lying on the couch all day watching TV. In a 2016 post, Bradberry explained the way our neurons rewire themselves when we repeat a behaviour, branching out to each other to ease the flow of information. This makes it easier to repeat the behavior in the future, whether harmful or helpful. In the opening of Paul’s letter to Christians in Colossae, he encouraged the followers of Christ to develop the good behavior of gratitude, beginning his letter with, “We always thank God.” Do we? I feel comfortable writing that someone reading this may have complained in the last minute. I know I must catch myself because complaining seems the thing to do these days, and I realize how unbecoming it is of a Christian. A popular acronym for prayer is ACTS: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication (plea), in that order. In other words, before I make my request of the Lord, be grateful to the Lord. Complaining can easily become our default behaviour.” What is your default behaviour? Let’s practice an attitude of gratitude.
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson