Overflowing with Gratitude

Dan Mundt

Heartland District Supervisor

For many, 2020 could not have ended sooner!

Little did anyone know on January 01 what the year would be like. Little did we know that a major pandemic would emerge that would shut the world done for some time. Little did we know that racial and political tension would rise to the level they did. Little did we know the new questions we would have to answer, the new normal we would embrace, and the new conversations we would have to engage. For sure, 2020 presented a new way of leading and thinking. 2020 stretched us, formed us, frustrated us, and challenged us.

Yet, as we look into 2021, we see through a glass dimly. We see imperfectly. So how do we embrace it?

Throughout scripture, stories are told of extreme challenges for those who followed God. In most stories, the focus shifts from the challenge, to how the person (people) handled their challenge and what emerged as their lasting legacy. In scripture, we read of the Apostle Paul’s many challenges, but we see in the midst of his challenge, gratitude arises.

From a Roman prison, Paul wrote to the people of Colossae these words, “Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in ]your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude” (Colossians 2:6-7, NASB).

I like those words, “overflowing with gratitude” (v. 7).

Little did Paul know what his next day would look like, or what challenge he would face under house arrest. Although, he no doubt knew that we could face martyrdom, he didn’t know the time or the hour. Yet, his theme in writing was seasoned with grace, virtue, and gratitude. His heart and values emerged in his hardest moments. Later Paul wrote,

“Let the peace of Christ, to which you were indeed called in one body, rule in your hearts; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Col. 3:15-17).

As 2021 begins with all its unknowns, may you face it “overflowing with gratitude” allowing God’s peace to rule your hearts. May you “let the word of Christ dwell in your hearts” and as Paul exhorts, “whatever you do” do it “giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (v. 17).

I am overflowing with gratefulness for you!!!

Happy 2021!!

Love you all,
Dan and Cindy
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