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Read: Colossians 2:1-10

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Imagine being given a bowl of sand containing tiny particles of iron, and you are told to remove the iron from the sand.  You have two choices. You can pull your fingers through the sand, searching for specks of iron but finding very few.  Or you can pull a magnet through the sand and watch it attract countless bits of irons.Magnet pulling iron filings out of sulphur

Like the fingers in the sand, the grumbling heart finds very few mercies.  But as the grateful heart moves through life, it finds countless blessings, just as the magnet finds iron.

Of all the choices we make in life, few affect us more powerfully than our choice between gratitude and grumbling.  An honest look at our lives will reveal which choice we have made.  If it’s grumbling, we probably see few blessings.  If it’s gratitude, we do not find only innumerable blessings- them seem to find us!

gratitudePaul taught that a heart overflowing with thankfulness comes from being grounded in faith (Col. 2:7). In Philippians, he pled with the believers, even repeating himself: “Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I will say rejoice!” (4:4). Which choice have you made? grumblingGrumbling or gratitude? Grumbling over looks blessings, but gratitude finds blessings everywhere – even in dry and sandy places! – Joanie Yoder

A grumbling mood of discontent gives way to thankfulness when we consider all God’s gifts and all that we possess. – Sper

With a little practice, anyone can master the art of thankfulness.

[Source: Daily Bread. 21 December 2012]