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Thank You
THANK YOU”—a short phrase, but loaded with meaning. The apostle Paul didn’t take appreciation lightly in any sense. To the Thessalonians he wrote ...

Bob Crum, Co-founder – Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International (Retired) – Denver Fire Department

THANK YOU

Not just once in a while, but continually

THANK YOU”—a short phrase, but loaded with meaning. The apostle Paul didn’t take appreciation lightly in any sense. To the Thessalonians he wrote, “We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:2, 3). To the Colossians he wrote, “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints—” (Colossians 1:3, 4). Paul acknowledged that God raised up these and other churches to spread the Gospel to a lost and dying world. Paul recognized that their corporate and individual ministry could accomplish the task. He realized the value of their love, labor, endurance, and efforts to strengthen the churches, so he continually prayed and thanked God for them. Yes, he continually gave thanks. Not just once in a while, but continually. Paul set an example that is worthy of emulating. Easy? No! Imperative? Yes!

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6, 7)

In the same way, do you thank those people God has placed in your life? Do you realize the value of your family and friends’ love, labor, endurance, and efforts to accommodate the demands of your career? Do you thank co-workers and superiors? Do you thank God for a career that allows you to share his love in a unique and special way? Do you thank God for the ministry opportunities your job affords and then act on that thankfulness?

Why not start an ongoing list of the things you are thankful for? Then start each day thanking God first and then extending your thankfulness to those God has placed in your life.

Prayer:

As I fill my mind with thankfulness, may my words reflect my heart. As Paul admonished, may I never cease to remember to “always give thanks.”


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