Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you . . .
with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
We’ve heard the phrase, “seeing through rose-colored glasses.” It refers to someone who views life in a positive way. This comes easily at times — perhaps a young man is in love, and can’t stop smiling, or a woman just learned she’s expecting a baby, and is filled with a secret gladness. In those moments, life is naturally seen through the eyes of hope.
But what about those moments when things aren’t so rosy? Well, the Apostle Paul could relate. He wrote the above instructions to the Colossians from prison. He who had been stoned, beaten, shipwrecked, and shackled by chains said to “sing with thankfulness.” What did he have to be thankful for? He tells us the answer earlier in the letter. He says that God has qualified us to share in a wonderful inheritance. That He has delivered us from the domain of darkness, forgiven our sins, reconciled us to God, and presented us blameless before Him.
Those reasons are beautiful to me. When life is hard, it helps to remember my salvation, to thank Him for securing my place in heaven. It also helps to remember with gratitude the times He’s answered prayer, comforted with His presence, brought good from difficult circumstances. Little by little, my world changes when seen through the lenses of thanksgiving.