A couple of weeks ago the SFC leaders in Denver went to the local gathering of Q Commons. “Q was created as a place where church and cultural leaders could come together to collaborate and explore ideas about how the Gospel can be expressed within our cultural context” (To learn more about Q click here). The objective behind Q Commons is to take the idea from the national Q Ideas conference and bring it to a local level. This is where you can learn about what’s going on with other Christians and Organizations in your community and also network with others. We at SFC believed that it was very important for us to be there to learn more about the Denver community and what other Christians are thinking about.
One of the main things that I personally enjoyed about Q Commons was a talk about gratitude. Going into November we are entering into a season full of being thankful. We are reminded everywhere about giving thanks. Snowboarding and skiing can often be a very dark culture and this is something that we need to be doing more. We need to give thanks to the Lord for everything we have, all the time. During the good times and the bad. The main point in the talk about gratitude is that you can’t fight off the dark by focusing on it. If you’re focusing on the dark, the evil, or the sin in your life then you’re only giving it more of a foothold. Instead we should be focusing on the light, the good, and where Jesus is present in our lives. This gives more power to Him to flush the sin from us.
So, as we go into the next month, and even after that, lets take some time every day to not only give thanks, but to also spend some time focusing on the great things that God has done for us. There are several studies out there about how being thankful more often can make you feel better. We can all use a little bit more of that. And it can also help align our point of view with what God is doing in our lives!