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Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.

It is so easy to join in with the gossip and silly chatter at school, work or when we see friends and acquaintances. We pass on coarse jokes that are usually cruel comments on a specific groups of people, generalised and untrue.. It is so easy to agree with the negative comments about others or to even say them ourselves. We can even tell ourselves we are okay because we might think those comments but at least we didn't say them. Or we listen but just agree and don’t challenge someone's perspective , we just let them think we think as they do.

So much better to reflect on things to be thankful for. Thankful that you have friends, that you do have family, you are working with colleagues, you are attending school or college with others. That everyone is unique in the eyes of God. Is it so hard just to have a ready smile and kind word for someone, isn't that what you want? Whilst trouble comes to us all in many ways how uplifting to see beyond the circumstances to a God who loves us so much , to whom we have much to be thankful for.

Being thankful is not ignoring the difficulties but saying that in the midst of them and through them we still have so much. You have sight to read this, a brain to ponder and reflect and a God who is willing and able to fill your thankful heart with so much more.

Why don’t we decide today that we are going to have a thankful day , thanking God for all and who He is , and to thank and bless people in thought and deed.

In the Psalms David said surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. I have always been fascinated by David’s statement and it has made me ask the question ‘what is following me’.

I think we all need to stop sometimes and do a quick review of what we see when we look behind us. David made that statement when he declared the goodness of having God as his shepherd. David understood that our choices have consequences

When Paul wrote to the church in Colossae he said to them “and now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

What pours out of our lives is always a reflection of what is going on in our lives and Paul challenges the Colossians and that challenge remains for us today, we can measure how well we are doing with the outflow of thankfulness in our lives.

The author Bangambiki Habyarimana said in his book Pearls of wisdom “If you think that no miracles ever happened to you, remember that every morning when you wake up, you experience a resurrection”

If our roots are growing into Christ and if our lives are being built on his values and teaching then our faith will grow stronger and we would be full of thankfulness to the point that it pours out of us.

So when you look behind you, are you being followed by a trail of thankfulness.

Kallen Kitty’s song ‘little things mean a lot’ have been used in various adverts and the very catchy songs starts with the simple words ‘Blow me a kiss from across the room. Say I look nice when I'm not. Touch my hair as you pass my chair. Little things mean a lot.’

I love the sentiments of the song because in life we soon discovered that it is the little things we take for granted that really matters and mean a lot. I want you to imagine what would happen if you lost your taste buds and your sense of smell. Just imagine what would happen to your ability to enjoy and appreciate a good meal.

I wonder when was the last time you thanked God for giving you Olfactory receptors that enables you to smell and your Papillae which contains your taste buds that enable you to taste the difference between sweet or sour food and the different flavours of food you enjoy.

The psalmist said in Psalm 9 “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds”.

One of the wonders of being human is that God has given us food to enjoy and to nourish us. Good food is one of God’s wonderful gifts to us.

As you eat your food today, why not stop, take a moment and thank God for his wonderful deeds, for his attention to detail and his great love for us. Those little receptors in our mouths and noses are wonderful things we need to be grateful for.