The Upper Room devotional reflection for Friday, June 3, 2022 comes to us from Carol J. Giesey of Pennsylvania
1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. 2 We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 9 For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead-Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 NIV
Our pastor recently announced that he will be leaving us in a few months to take a position at another church. I was saddened by this news; his departure will be a great loss. His sustaining message of “we love because God first loved us” has helped our congregation to become more welcoming. While he has only been with us for a few years, we have attracted a significant number of new members, and he makes everyone feel worthy of his time and attention.
Although I have expressed my appreciation to him a number of times, I wish I had done it more. It is easy to take for granted the love people show us and to assume they will always be there for us. It can also be tempting to criticize others rather than to appreciate the good that they do. But scripture teaches us to show our gratitude for others. This could be with a few words, a note, or an action. In the next few months of transition, I intend to show our pastor the appreciation he deserves. I hope to do the same for my family and friends as well as kind strangers I may encounter. Expressing gratitude is a way to lift up ourselves and others, and it pleases God.
Carol J. Giersey’s devotional reflection reminds me about a phrase that has become popular recently: “An Attitude of Gratitude”. This attitude can certainly improve our relationship with God, as well as with our personal relationships with others whom we encounter. That attitude will also bring each of us more joy and hope in our daily lives. In invite you to consider all that you have to be grateful for, and I encourage you to express that gratitude to those who have blessed you.
Dear God, thank you for the people who love us and show kindness to us. Inspire us to show our gratitude to them that we may encourage them in their good works. Amen.
--Carol J. Giesey
People who feel Unappreciated.
Thought for the Day:
My gratitude can bless others and myself.