“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing,
being fruitful in every good work,
and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10
I’m grateful for Fruitfulness. It’s a wonderful reward for our labors that God bestows on us for staying faithful to our efforts and endeavors. Seeing the fruit of our labors makes us push through a rigorous work week, while facing endless struggles, enduring long hours, overcoming obstacles, and stretching our faith. Giving thanks for our harvest is the least we can do to show our Creator how grateful we are for the wonderful blessings He shares with us.
Thankfulness is good for our health too. When we stop to count our blessings, we soon realize other benefits come with it—peace, contentment, and over all well-being. We think better, feel better, act better, do better, and look better. A grateful heart and sincere smile radiates a healthy glow that permeates a room and touches hearts.
Regrettably, gratefulness doesn’t come naturally for me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m thankful for the blessings in my life, and I try to show gratitude to God and others. I’m talking about my overall attitude of gratitude that helps me endure through hardships. For me, contempt overshadows contentment when complaining overrides thanksgiving.
I yearn to be more aware of the blessings in my life and better at acknowledging them, than I am at griping about what is or isn’t done, is in or out of order, or isn’t happening like I want it to. My obsession and desire for productivity and positive outcomes is distracting my attention away from the present fruitfulness.
Like many of you, my last few years have been filled with overwhelming stress, struggles, and sorrow that have affected me in many ways. And yet, I can see where God has allowed good experiences through the loss and set-backs. As I look back on 2021, and forward to 2022, I’m renewing my commitment to be more thankful for the fruitful things, and I’m starting right now…
I’m thankful that God’s Holy Spirit gives comfort, strength, and a fresh desire to draw close to Him in the hard seasons. His Holy Word has given the guidance and confidence needed to remain spiritually fruitful in the midst of trials.
I’m thankful for the tips and resources that motivate me to eat better, exercise, and rest peacefully in ways that improve my energy and endurance. These good habits make my efforts less painful and more fruitful.
Emotional & Mental Fruitfulness
I’m thankful for those who love me through my struggles. Their support shows me God still cares, and gives me fruitful ways to cope with and overcome them.
Financial & Material Fruitfulness
I’m thankful that, while work is unstable and prices are climbing, God has given us jobs that keep the bills paid and food on the table. He continues to supply more than we need.
I’m thankful for the reciprocal relationships that feed and inspire our hearts. I’m also grateful for new acquaintances that stir our passions and purpose.
Giving thanks for the blessings in my life is easier than I make it. I’m finally learning that following God’s ways encourages more fruitfulness.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
except it abide in the vine, no more can ye,
except ye abide in me.” John 15:4
Bring It Home
What fruitfulness are you thankful for this year?
Praying for you as we grow together,