The Fear-Sabotaging Murmur-Quelling Discipline of Thankfulness

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! 2 Cor. 9:15

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Col. 2:6-7

Heavenly Father, the call to thankfulness is a war cry—a bold protest and strong defense against falling into a whine-fest. Rather than focusing on what we’ve lost or don’t have, we want to express thanks today for the “inexpressible gift” of the Gospel, and other stuff too.

No matter what else is going on in our hearts, day, and world, we are hidden in Christ, sealed with the Spirit, and beloved as your kids. Our past is redeemed; our present is in your hands; our future is beyond our wildest dreams.

Nothing can diminish your love, deter your decrees, or lessen your delight in us. Why would we ever fear or complain about anything, Father? Why be filled with the whine of our complaining, when we can be filled with the wine of your Spirit?

Thank you for clothing and a home, a comfortable bed and plenty of food; clean water and accessible doctors; a thermostat to control the temp, and the assurance you control everything else. Thank you for a “Gospel Posse” (Christian friends) with whom to share life, serve in your kingdom, and grow in grace.

Father, thank you that one Day you’ll put everything right, make all things new, and wipe every tear. Thank you that you are presently working in all things for our good and your glory—even in nasty viruses, canceled plans, and a stressed economy. Here’s to a Wednesday of getting and staying grateful. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.