Is there something you’re trying to grow?
I’m not very good at growing things like flowers and vegetables. I generally make an attempt but most don’t survive Indiana’s scorching July.
One of my biggest problems is a lack of attention to the details of cultivating. Wikipedia suggests these include selecting the right ground, tilling, fertilizing, watering, weeding, sowing in the right season, and harvesting. My flowers don’t thrive because I don’t pay enough attention to every step and certainly don’t invest the time. I’m really good at the start but then days and weeks go by without much attention to the weeding, watering and fertilizing. I simply forget about the flowers until they look desperate for attention and then I lavish it on.
In Colossians 3:15-17 we are called to “cultivate thankfulness” and Paul provides the process of cultivation when he writes:
Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way (The Message).
Cultivating happiness requires attention to the details and a daily attitude of praise and gratitude with the proper focus. I don’t want my spiritual life to end up like my petunias – dried up. I want a heart of praise to permeate my daily life, my interaction with others, and my teaching.
In this season where we are reminded to be grateful to our Mother’s and to show appreciation to our volunteers, let us cultivate thankfulness in the every day moments and “sing, sing our hearts out to God!”