Colossians 3:15 (NKJV) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
We live in a day and age where too many people are convinced that they are entitled. Consequently, thankfulness seems a lost-nearly extinct-art. Yet while our current culture hasn’t helped us in this aspect of life, the problem is much deeper. I sense in my heart the problem is rooted in our fallen hearts. Please people of God let those who have been there for you know that you love and appreciate them today!
Warren Wiersbe illustrated this in his commentary on the book of Colossians where he tells the story of a ship that ran aground on the shore of Lake Michigan in 1860. Witnessing this from land, Edward Spencer, a young ministerial student, plunged himself time and again into the frigid waters to pull seventeen desperate passengers from certain death.
But those lives weren’t saved without cost. Edward’s repeated plunges into the icy lake permanently damaged the young man’s health. Some years later, at Edward’s funeral, it was noted that not one of those seventeen people snatched from death that day ever bothered to thank him. Read the story of Jesus, he had the same experiences one particularly noted in (Luke 17-11-19).
As a Pastor, and Minister, I am often confronted with this aspect of service. Serving and caring for people who could care less at the end of the day! Who do you need to thank today? Today is an opportunity to write a letter, make a phone call, or make a visit to tell the significant people in your life “Thank you”, for all they contribute to your life.
In His Service,
Pastor James Baker Jr.