“Whenever you cross my mind, I thank my God for you and for the gift of knowing you.” (Philippians 1: 3, the Voice Translation)
Paul’s words here are sincere and beautiful. He was not only being kind, but also doing something very powerful.
This grateful recognition of individuals in his life was a spiritual blessing for them and resonated faithfully with his own mission of Love, of sharing the Christ with the world. His thoughts here can be a lesson and guidance for us all.
Let’s pause and really see others as they are—gifts from God, having a very special significance in our lives and in the world. God made each of us, and we are uniquely wonderful. To see someone as they are and to cherish them, is a healing practice. It aligns us with God, with His loving intention in creating each of us, and reveals the reality of harmony.
Can we try this? When a family member, friend, workmate, or even acquaintance comes to mind, can we thank God for the gift of knowing them? Can we actively be thankful that God’s idea has been brought into our sphere, touched our moments, and given us a singular and precious gift?
I love the idea of thinking of individuals this way, allowing my thoughts to be productive through the spiritual power of appreciation, recognition, and love.
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