Don’t Save it for the Funeral

Prayer Focus: Day 4

Stop for a moment and answer this question: Who is the person that has most impacted your spiritual journey for the good? What friend or family member opened the drawer of your heart and invested in to your life in such a way that you will never be the same?

I’ll give you a moment to think about it.

Got them in mind?

Good.

Next Question: Have you deliberately thanked God for putting this person in your life?

Read how the Apostle Paul voiced his gratitude toward his friend Philemon, (Philemon 4-7)

I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

Who, like Paul, have you “derived much love and comfort from” in your life? Have you told them? I’m not talking about sharing in generalities here. Have you shared with them specifically what an impact they’ve made on your life?

Stop and Pray: Spend some time in prayer thanking God for those He’s brought into your life. Don’t rush this. Take some time to worship the Lord for his loving hand in planning who you needed and when you needed them. Next, pray about how you can voice your love and appreciation to those that have come to mind. Maybe a phone call, text message, a letter, a gift….how will you communicate your gratitude? Has the person already passed away? That’s O.K.. Call or write their son or daugher or other family member with what’d you share. I promise they’ll be blessed to hear of their loved one’s living legacy.

Don’t save it for the funeral. Gratitude should be shared with the living.

I’m praying with you.

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