What does it mean to be rooted in Christ? Imagine a house plant with each leaf and flower receiving the nourishment it needs through the root system, up the stalk, and out to the very tips of the plant. So, too, every part of our lives can be nourished by Christ; bringing peace and calm in the midst of anxiety, wisdom to handle financial and other pressures, and comfort in times of burden, grief, and sorrow.
And then, with an almost throw-away line, Paul adds that we are to be “abounding in thanksgiving.” We return to where we started these reflections – combating a culture that does not encourage thankfulness, indeed, which spends billions of dollars every year to encourage discontentment. Recessions are difficult times, and there is pain and hardship for many, but we can find nourishment and contentment by trusting God’s faithfulness. With God’s leading, we can come out stronger, as individuals and as a society.
Pause for Reflection:
How might tough times bring you closer to God? Spend some time in prayer, turning your thoughts to God. In what areas of your life do you need God’s nourishment?
Look back over these seven practices. Make a note of what you have decided to do differently. Set aside time each day in prayer to be led to wise choices and right actions.
Adapted from Stewards in a Slump, with thanks to the National Stewardship Office of the Church of England. Copyright 2009, The Archbishops’ Council. Used by permission.