“…None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives.” Col 3:15-17MSG.
This morning, giving thankfulness a little space meant pausing for long enough to take note of the colours standing before me on what felt to be a very ordinary, and somewhat weary Tuesday.
Taking notice of what simple things you appreciate in the world around offers space for little spots of joy, even in the midst of weariness and the mundane. It is not, by any means, always an easy feat – but thankfulness does lead us towards our knowing, experiencing and remembering of his presence in our day to day living.
This exercise of cultivating gratitude; is a sort of steering oneself towards the life giver in the midst of the trial. Instead of denying our weariness, he invites us to simply exercise thankfulness – in the midst of whichever form our life currently takes.
Thankfulness is in a sense, a prayer of faith that even in a world filled with so much pain and confusion, there is indeed a light that shines brighter, a truth that stands stronger than the pain that we might currently know.
Thankfulness is indeed an exercise because, although we must always direct our attention towards something, we must also make a choice as to where and what. Where are our eyes fixed? Is there some room for the life giver to bring joy? Or is there more space for weariness to consume?
Take notice, start small – just as much as you can manage (because that’s enough) , and allow joy to gently infuse your weariness.