Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
This scripture in Colossians encourages us to broaden the horizons and our reasons for thanksgiving. Colossians has been referred to as the happy book. Paul is in prison and he is writing to this church and reminding them of all the reasons why they should be grateful. He is incarcerated and he would outwardly appear to be going through a very difficult time yet inwardly he is not giving way to any of his difficult circumstances. Paul becomes an inspiration to the Colossian church.
His words are whatever you do. In other words in all of our activities we should be very aware that Jesus is with us. There is someone who is watching over us. His eyes are upon us and He loves us. It is right to conclude that out of this intimate and loving relationship with Jesus Christ we should be aware that He is with us in whatever we do. Paul goes on to say whether in word or deed. This relationship with Jesus affects what we say and even how we say it. Even in our past the things that we do, the things we complete and finish we pause at the end of the day or season and look back at it with grateful hearts. Through these words as you read between the lines it is clear that the Christian practice is one of a near awareness of our Lord Jesus at all times. Paul is making it clear that even though the circumstances are extremely trying it gives way to the giving of thanks to God. To be able to say in whatever you do.
Paul is indicating that thanksgiving is a constant. It is never something that you have to wait for or at some point try to attain to. He is saying that thanksgiving should be a constant companion. The whole heart and mind has a bent and that is one of thanks to God. If you read Colossians carefully you will see that Paul's mindset is one of turning to God again and again with praise and thanksgiving. He is aware of all of his reasons to give thanks unto God. He is able to articulate them clearly and decisively so we can see his mind set. It is clear that he chooses to do this no matter how his life is spinning out before him. This heart and mind of thanksgiving was also clearly practiced by our Lord Jesus Christ. That is where Paul got it from. That is how he understood to live an exceptional life.
This is our time as Canadian people to express our thanks as a nation. We join with many today in expressing thanks to God. We sit one day aside per year. The biblical context for thanksgiving is whatever you do whether in word or deed, do it ALL . That, too me ,is the inclusive life of thanksgiving.
Have a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!