Leave Something Behind


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. – Colossians 3:16

I sat down to write today  and thought to myself, “I really hope that’s chocolate…” as I took my hand away from a smudge in my chair. Don’t worry, it was! Valentine’s Day was just last week so this isn’t the first chocolate smudge in my home recently.

What does it mean to leave something lasting behind after the sweet kisses and “I love you” cards are exchanged? Eventually all the chocolate messes will be wiped away, and telltale discarded wrappers found out. What of the meaning of the celebration will remain? What will the condition of our hearts be then (aside from perhaps a little more cholesterol rich)? How will we have impacted those around us?

“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ??Ephesians? ?5:17-20? 

These two verses tell us to teach and understand. They also tell us how to speak to one another in psalms. Psalms simply means praise. These praise songs were Holy Spirit inspired. Hymns are also songs of praise, inspired by man when recounting the faithfulness of God. The verse further instructs us to thank God and sing to God. Sing and make music from your heart. We can do this by having a grateful attitude, keeping a praise journal, sharing our testimony and yes, singing “Thank you,Lord”, which we can do regardless of our talent as a singer. In this way we can set an example for new believers.

I grew up with wise parents that taught us how to plan, save, and treat others. I was always encouraged to pass on what I learned. Proverbs encourages us to get wisdom. After all, if we become better for knowing something, why keep it to ourselves?

So, I’m passing on this morsel to you and I’ve switched to dark chocolate, so it’s a tasty morsel! (I hear it’s better for my cholesterol, if I need an excuse. Plus when we say “I love you more than chocolate” in my household, we mean serious business) …

God holds you in that highest category of His love too. Who can you pass this knowledge on to today? To whom can you leave a legacy of love? How has your “attitude of gratitude” inspired another to give thanks in every circumstance? Prayerfully seek opportunities to share what you’ve learned with others around you, speaking to them in the language of praise to God’s faithfulness.

~ Becky Richmond

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