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Session 1

Gratitude Adjustment

Read: Colossians 1:1-5

The gift was just right. It was delivered exactly as planned. But something went wrong. Days turned to weeks, and not a word was heard about the gift. Sound familiar? How rude. Maybe the recipient hated it. But surely at least a “thank you for trying” was in order.

When we don’t receive the thanks we feel we deserve, we find ourselves getting angry. But who gave us the resources to buy that gift and the ability to go shop for it? How many times have we forgotten to say thank you? Have we become ungrateful?

Ungratefulness in our lives is not limited to gifts. It may come in the form of comparing what you have to someone else’s life. If only I were taller, or richer or skinnier, then I’d be satisfied. Or you could be so connected to technology, checking news, emails and “urgent” tweets, you miss the miracle of a sunset or an irreplaceable moment with your family. We also display ungratefulness when we keep track of all the people who neglect to thank us or constantly worry about potential disastrous outcomes for the future. Ungratefulness can also show when we begin to take for granted our brothers and sisters in Christ who continuously pray for, encourage and support us or those who encourage us by their unwavering faith.    

If you find yourself doing any of that, you’re not alone. Before you start beating yourself up, there’s good news.

Paul and Timothy give us a great example of thankfulness in Colossians 1:3 as they remember to thank the people in Colossae for their encouraging faith. Philippians 4:6 tells us exactly how to attack anxiety and derail destructive thoughts: “Don’t worry, but pray; tell God what you need; thank Him, and God’s peace will come.” And 1 Corinthians 1:5 says it all: “For in Him you have been enriched in every way.” You have everything you need. Thank God!

Reflect:

  • Write three things in your life you’re thankful for right now. Why is it important to remember these things?
  • What is one way you can show gratefulness toward those who encourage you and support you in your faith?

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