I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Philippians 1:3
Let’s start doing this. Every time you think of someone you know or every time someone comes to your mind, thank God for them. Especially if you have ever had the opportunity to encourage or minister to their lives in some way. Paul did this and in fact, the next verse says he did it with joy and he prayed for them the way they were praying. He made requests for them. He would take their requests and petitions before God in prayer, every time he thought of them.
I wonder how different life would be if every time someone came to mind, we would rejoice and thank God for them. Instead of the first thoughts being concern, worry or even disapproval? Think first of how to pray for them in a way that will help them to get through the things they are going through. Thanking God for their friendship and for the connection with others instead of thinking what needs to be fixed.
Then after you thank God for them, send them a message of encouragement. Things like “you’re doing great!” “God’s got this!” Or even, “Keep up your confidence in the one who has begun a good work in you to complete it until Jesus comes back!” That’s pretty encouraging. I know Paul didn’t send these letters every time he thought of them, but he didn’t have the technology that we have today. Now more than ever, we need to be encouraging and cheering each other on. Make a phone call, send a text message or write and encouraging email. It could make all the difference in how someone’s day is going.
Today I want to encourage you to be thankful when you think of others, no matter who comes to your mind. Whether it is a friend, family member or even someone who seems to always be in need, thank God for them. Then lift up their request with joy in knowing that God will complete the work He started in them and He will never give it up until Jesus comes!
Today’s scripture reading: Philippians 1:3-7