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I discovered Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood when our daughter was a toddler. It was before cable and the “on demand” features we have available nowadays. But when I needed thirty minutes to get dinner started, or mop the kitchen floor, it was a sure fire way to carve out the time.

It wasn’t long before I was drawn in as well to his calming voice and gentle lessons. His trolley, puppets, and visiting neighbors brought messages we all needed to hear.

A few years ago, I was given the book, “Everything I Need to Know I learned from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”. It stays on my desk as every once in a while I need to remind myself of the deep value found in every person. It also reminds me to stop and see the beauty around me, and to keep on learning every day.

And recently flipping through the book yet again, it brought this reminder:

“Be generous with your gratitude. “Thank you.” Two of the best words we can ever learn. In fact, ‘thank you’ is a way of saying ‘I love you.’ “

Gratitude = “the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful” (

It’s a recognition of something done or given; an appreciation; a response; a praise.

Paul, in writing to the Colossians, reminded them about gratitude. It’s interesting to me that he connected it with spiritual growth.

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” (Colossians 2:5-7, NASB)

What is this connection, or shall I say, what is the progression Paul is wanting us to see?

We receive Christ and our relationship with Him, is a daily one. As we study and grow in God’s Word, we become steady in our walk. Our root system goes deep and keeps us anchored when everything around us is shifting.

But Paul brings further instruction in telling us, we should be “overflowing with gratitude.”

The verb tense of this phrase tells us this gratitude is to be present, active, and continual in our lives. Gratitude is to be a part of our daily lives.

“A grounded, growing, and grateful believer will not be led astray.”
(Warren Wiersbe)

A heart that is not filled with gratitude will wander as it searches for that which will satisfy. The more we recognize all God continues to do for us each and every day, the more we will be inclined to continue to walk with Him. His faithfulness and goodness draws us to Himself.

Let’s return to the Mr. Roger’s quote: “In fact, ‘thank you’ is a way of saying ‘I love you.’ “

May we be firmly rooted,
established in our faith,
and overflowing with gratitude.

For what are you grateful for today?

I may not be a long distance runner but this lesson was not lost on me: “When we fix our eyes on Him ”“ our goal becomes to be a reflection of His glory, to be a carrier of His Presence, and to show His love to a world desperate for true love.” Read Lisa Blair’s post, Run to Soar HERE.


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