Thank God for the People in Your Life
It is so easy to take people for granted, or even to complain and become angry because they do not meet our every expectation. But we need to give thanks for those around us—our spouses, our children, our relatives, our friends, our brothers and sisters in the Lord, and others who help us in some way.
I once received an email from someone who began by telling me how fortunate they were to have a kind, considerate spouse. But then they used four paragraphs to list all their spouse’s faults! How many marriages and other relationships grow cold and eventually are shattered because of the sin of ingratitude?
Do you let others know that you appreciate them and are thankful for them? The Christians in Corinth were far from perfect, but Paul began his first letter to them by saying, “I always thank God for you” (1 Corinthians 1:4, NIV).
When a group of believers (whom Paul had never met) came out to greet him as he approached Rome, we read that “at the sight of these men Paul thanked God and was encouraged” (Acts 28:15, NIV).
Thank God for those who touch your life.
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)