Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Do you sing around the house as you do mindless tasks? Some people sing or hum as they fold towels, sweep the floor, or set the table. There is a peace around those people.
However if someone is distracted from a contented peace by hatred or greed, they usually don’t sing. I hear others singing a light-hearted song more often than I hear them singing the theme from Jaws. A contented person sings peacefully.
If you like singing around the house, then it makes sense to “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things,” as it says in Colossians 3:2. It is so much easier to have that contented peace if your mind is set on heavenly things. When we get bogged down in the depressing details of earthly things, it’s harder to focus on helping others. That’s when we lean towards selfishness, rather than selflessness.
Setting our minds on heavenly things is a choice we make. If we make that choice often enough, it could become a good habit. Like making your bed first thing in the morning, it becomes easier and comes more naturally with time. At first, you may have to set up reminders for yourself to help you continue in those positive decisions.
If there is more time spent encouraging others, there is more peace to enjoy. The more peace, the more opportunity for the music of gratitude in our lives.
Thanks for seeking God with me.