Be thankful for those who love you.

Be thankful for those who love you.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

Relationships are a big part of who we are. Our lives are intertwined with those who care about and love us. But even though these relationships may mean everything to us, it is easy to take them for granted sometimes. We become so used to those who frequent our lives that many times, we overlook them.

Husbands become bill-payers, wives become meal-makers, moms become taxis, children become appointments, and dads become dollar bills. We unintentionally view people by what they do for us instead of who they are to us.

Relationships provide joy and bring smiles and keep hearts beating—so take a moment today to be thankful for each and every one. God has given us people who love us and are there for us whenever we need them, even at times when we don’t deserve it. Tell them that you love them. And start with God. He has loved you all along.

This crazy world has a way of training us to be selfish, doesn’t it? We are taught to put ourselves and our needs above all else. We’re told we can have it all! However, in our desire to become first, we often end up last. It may seem like we’ve reached first place on the outside, with our shiny trophies of success or money, but on the inside, we’re so far from the finish line, we can’t even see it. It’s easy to believe the world’s lies of “me first.” But when we do this, we deny the love that God blesses our lives with.

By neglecting simple reminders of God’s love, we complicate our lives. We forget the warmth of a hug can help a bad day, the laugh of our children brings joy to our hearts, the phone call from a long distance friend brings a smile to our face, and a conversation with God can soothe our soul.

We run through life striving for the world’s trophies, somehow forgetting the prizes God has bestowed on us along the way: a best friend, a sister or brother, an aunt or uncle, a mom or dad. A grandparent, a child, a husband, a wife.

Instead, we need to run through life looking to the road ahead and being thankful for those who run beside us. Their love is what fuels us. They’re the ones who get us to the finish line.


Children enjoy writing. As kids, we shared notes and passed letters to our friends. With technology, we very seldom write anymore. It has probably been a while since you’ve sent a handwritten note or composed a personal letter. Take some time today to write to someone you love. Make it short and sweet or long and elaborate. Tell the person what they mean to you and why they make your life better. Seal it in an envelope and send it off with the mailman. Or fold it up and place it on a pillow. Leave it on the counter or the dresser. Be thankful for those who love you, and thank God for giving them to you.

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