June 9, 2006Email to a FriendPrint
I thank my God every time I remember you. Philippians 1:3
Do you enjoy the people God has placed into your life? Do you enjoy the person to whom you are married? Do you like to be around your co-workers? Peter Drucker, often called “the father of American management,” says the number 1 characteristic of leaders is that they enjoy other people.
The apostle Paul enjoyed people. When he thought of others, he remembered the positive blessings God had given to them. While he had many problems in Philippi (he was arrested illegally, beaten, humiliated, and run out of town), Paul remembered the good things about his Christian friends there. Having been forgiven by God through Christ, he was able to forgive others. In other words, by God’s grace he was enabled to “remember the best and forget the rest.” God empowered Paul to bring those people before God’s throne of grace in thanksgiving.
Life is too short not to enjoy the people God has placed in our lives. May we take Paul’s lead in thanking God for the blessings of the people around us. The love of Christ will overflow in us, causing us to find joy in caring for others.
PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for the people You have placed in my life. Help me remember the good things You have done through them; through Your Son I pray. Amen.
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