by Rick Warren — January 20, 2021
From A Faith That Works When Life Doesn’t
“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.”
Philippians 1:3 (NLT)
Philippians 1:3 says, “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God” (NLT).
This simple truth is the foundation of good relationships.
When you think of the people in your life, is your first feeling gratitude? Or are you more likely to ask, “What do they need to do for me? What are our problems? What do we have to get done?” Your first thought may not be gratitude. But Paul’s first thought for his friends was one of gratitude, and it is the model we should follow if we want our relationships to last.
Here’s the problem: The longer you know someone, the more likely you take that person for granted. With the passage of time, it becomes easier to focus on that person’s faults and the bad times instead of the happy times.
That’s why it takes effort on our part to choose to have an attitude of gratitude for the people in our lives. The longer our relationships last, the harder it may be to remember. But we experience an eternal impact on our relationships when we develop the habit of giving thanks to God when we think of our spouses, children, parents, siblings, neighbors, coworkers, and small group members.