Valerie Jones

{Live with Purpose. Lead with Passion.}

I am a blogger, worship leader, and speaker who helps worship leaders and team members connect with purpose and passion in life and leadership by offering encouragement, community, and practical resources so that they can thrive in life and leadership, both on and off the platform.

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{Thanks | Day 11 of 31}

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The apostle Paul is one of my favorites in Scripture, and he had quite a bit to say about being thankful. He said things like “always be thankful.” Always? Surely he couldn’t mean that. But, he did. Paul didn’t have an easy go of it, either. Beaten and left for dead, unjustly imprisoned more than once, he had his fair share of difficult situations. But, there was something about Paul. For one, perhaps he understood that thankfulness and gratitude shouldn’t be attached to our happy. Do you know what I mean? He couldn’t have been happy about facing all the difficulties he faced. Yet he managed to find joy and be thankful. He was a man of tenacious faith. And, here’s what he said:

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. (Colossians 2:7, NLT)

Our ability to be thankful in every situation comes from some place deep in us and is rooted in Jesus. It has to be. When you’re rooted in the One who is unchanging, unshakeable, and full of unfailing love then you find gratitude and thankfulness in the most unlikely of situations. That’s my prayer -- God, give me deep roots. How about you?