And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Col. 3:17)

IF WE ARE SUPPOSED to do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, what is included in the “do it all” to which Paul referred? If we read what he said prior to verse 17, we will discover that one of the best things we can do is live with a spirit of gratitude.

Dr. Paul Rees suggested that many of us wear gratitude as one might wear a boutonniere at a wedding. But not Paul: it was his everyday suit. When we read Paul’s letters, we get the impression that wherever we meet him, that’s what he is wearing—garments of praise and thanksgiving.

Don’t be like the woman who, with frowning face and dark attitude, sat down to eat in a restaurant. The waitress could not get a smile out of her customer, even though she made a valiant effort at being cheerful as she took the woman’s order and brought the food. The meal wasn’t bad, but the woman’s countenance was sour and her attitude depressed.

As the lady paid her bill and was leaving, the waitress said, “Have a nice day!” The woman responded, “I’m sorry, but I’ve made other plans!”

Don’t make such plans! Instead begin your day with a pleasant attitude, turn on your brightest countenance, clothe yourself with gratitude, and do everything “in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

In a spirit of gratitude, give others your brightest smile.

Ron McClung lives in Fishers, Indiana, with his wife Carol, and works for The Wesleyan Church. They have two sons, nine grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.