You can take people for granted or you can take people with gratitude.
If you take people for granted, you will probably end up losing that relationship … or at the very least that relationship won’t be very fulfilling.
But when you take people with gratitude, you can bring out the best in them, in you, and in your relationship.
Paul wrote to the Colossian church that every time he thought of them, he was grateful for them and he prayed for them. It’s the Gratitude Cycle: being thankful for someone prompts prayers for them, and those prayers make us even more grateful for them, which fires up the Gratitude Cycle all over again.
In case you need help knowing what to pray for the people for whom you are thankful, check out Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1:9-12 where he shows us how to pray:
(1) For knowledge, wisdom & understanding of God’s will for their lives, and the power to live out that new knowledge of Him.
(2) For endurance — a virtue that never loses patience with, belief in, or hope for others.
(3) For patience — the ability to turn tough things into glorious things.
(4) With gratitude for them — maybe even with gratitude for who they could be: God’s holy people.
It’s the time of year for us to be full of thanks, so make sure you are full of thanks for the people God has placed in your life. And when you feel thankful for them, be sure you are prayerful for them too.