In the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, Paul does something that probably most of us don’t do.
How often have you ever gone up to someone in your church or even just in your life and told them how thankful you were for the obvious gifts God has given them? In Colossians, Paul thanked God for the the people of the church in Colosse for their faith, for their love, and for their hope.
So many times we are quick to see people’s shortcomings. We see their failures. We criticize…if not to their faces, we do it behind their backs. Friends, that is not a good thing.
There are at least two benefits to looking for God’s blessing in other people’s lives.
Think of how it makes you feel when someone sincerely tells you what a good job you’re doing. What happens? Sure. You feel good about yourself. You feel good about the other person. And you’re encouraged to keep on doing a good job, or even do better.
If you make a conscious decision to look for God’s blessings in other people, then your own mindset does a 180 degree turn. If you are looking for good in others, you’ll begin to see that folks aren’t so bad after all. It’s easier to love them, as we are supposed to do, when we see God’s work in them.
Jesus said that the world would know we are Christians by the love we have for one another. Come on. Instead of seeing others’ shortcomings, let’s look for how God has blessed them.