A Time to Remember, to Thank and to Do

"I thank my God every time I remember you.".  How wonderful is that? Wouldn't you like to be the recipient of these prayers? I know I would. The month of November always elicits thoughts of thanksgiving and gratitude - and with that, remembrance of people in my life that have gone on before me. Last night I had a chance to spend some time reflecting on those people in my life that I have lost for now and as I get older I am shocked at how the list grows each year. But this isn't a post about sorrow and mourning, but rather joy and thanksgiving.

When Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians he was in jail and he wanted the church to know that not only did he miss them, he loved them and thanked God for them. He knew the importance of affirmation, of support and also of loss. Each day we have the opportunity to let those around us know just how much we love them. Paul didn't let jail stop him from giving thanks, shouldn't we, who have ready access to incredible communication devices put them to good use?

Here is your challenge (and mine)  During the month of November, take the opportunity to give thanks. Each day do one (or more) of the following:

  1. Hand-write a thank-you note to a family member and send it to them via the USPS. That's right - use snail-mail. Imagine your mom, son, sister, friend, colleague getting a note from you that starts "Every time I think of you I can't help but give thanks to God for having you in my life."
  2. Use the power of the text-message for good. Send a one-liner to a friend you haven't seen in a while. (Facebook Messenger, Twitter DMs and other electronic communications are also acceptable).
  3. Make a phone call.
  4. Offer up a special prayer for someone in your life (past or present) and let them know.
  5. Take action. Give, volunteer, smile. Perform a Random Act of Kindness (RAOK) every day. When you are doing it, think of someone in your life that you are doing it in honor of. You may change someone's life.

Peace friends,

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I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

— Philippians 1:3-11 (NIV)