Philippians 1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you.
While the New Year is a time for making resolutions, let’s take some time to remember the very special people that God has used to bless and help us over the years. They may be life long friends or they may be individuals that God brought into our lives for one moment in time. As I write this I think of a lady who was sitting next to us in a meeting 40 years ago.
Donna and I were as poor as church mice, and living on faith. An offering was being taken and we had only $5. We prayed and knew the Lord wanted us to put it in the offering, so we did. Then this lady next to Donna turned and gave her a $10 bill. We don’t know her name, but we thank God for her.
Think of people who have helped us when we needed it. When Donna and I were going through a difficult time in our marriage in 1992, the Lord provided Ric & Val. What priceless friends they became. He was (and is to this day) a marvelous counselor but they were so much more than that. Their love and friendship provided a safe-harbor for us to address the issues confronting us.
At work back around 1990 the Lord provided Mindy a systems specialist who helped me navigate implementing major accounts on a new claims system. She became a priceless resource for me and helped me innumerable times through the years. I remember being in one meeting where I was representing marketing and the technical discussion was over my head. Then someone made a statement and Mindy spoke up. She said, “Don you need to ask about what he just said because it will negatively affect marketing and your accounts.” Thanks to her, something I would have missed was caught and changed. She also was a Christian who has prayed for my family and me for years.
There are so many people that God has used in all our lives. Ask Him to help you to remember them and the situations that someone blessed you in. Sit with a spouse or family member and help each other remember and focus on the positives. It is such a blessing to have our hearts filled with gratitude when we remember those God has put in our lives. Then take one more step and write, email or call and share today’s scripture with them and how they have made a difference in your life.