My thanks to my good friend and brother in the Lord, Fr Jeff Steel, for being my guest blogger this week:
Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to reconcile the Christian faith with a spirit of ingratitude? Being ungrateful for the gifts of God, all He has provided, and the graces and people He puts in our lives is a spirit not of Christ but of sin, the evil one, and the world. The reason we lack peace in our life is due to a spirit of ingratitude in our hearts. Gratitude is the sure path to peace. If we are lacking peace in our lives due to very difficult circumstances, we should look at the thermometer of our gratitude to God. If all we can do is complain about what we don’t have, resent every situation of life that makes us feel powerless and out of control, blame, point the finger, see negative in others and not ourselves, rant to God in prayer about everything and everyone but ourselves, it is a good sign that our gratitude virtue is on empty. And peace is completely absent from our lives. This is a serious issue for us all to consider.
This theme of gratitude runs through the entire book of Colossians. In the course of just a few pages, the apostle exhorts believers about being “always” thankful (1:3), “abounding in thanksgiving” (2:7), devoting themselves to prayer, “being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (4:2). Then, as if summing up this whole idea, Paul seals it with one comprehensive, all-inclusive exclamation point: “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (3:17).
Do we lack peace right now in our lives? Then ask the question: Am I grateful to God for all I have? To lack peace and gratitude is a road to much destruction of joy in our lives and in the lives of others who are in contact with us.