Posted by: Mike Willoughby | November 23, 2010

I thank God for you


 

I love the way the Apostle Paul always took time to express his deep gratitude for the blessing of fellowship.  Paul clearly understood how interconnected we are and he frequently used the powerful analogy of our physical bodies to describe our interconnectedness.  Notice how in Ephesians 4:1-6, he describes the deep bonds of unity we share in the Father through the Spirit provided by the sacrifice of our savior.   

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

This year, I have been reminded over and over of how connected I am with all of you.  We truly are members of one body each of us blessed with special talents designed by God for the roles we play in life.  Many of you are members of my church family.  Many of you are members of my work family at PFSweb.  Some of you are members of my physical family.  Most of you share my faith in Jesus Christ but I know there are some who come to Intersections from other faith backgrounds.  For those of you from other faiths, we share a common desire to seek out the reason for life beyond the mere material existence we all experience.  For all of you, I am grateful for your fellowship and your commitment to participate in my walk of faith by reading Intersections and contributing your comments from time-to-time.  Your fellowship strengthens me and enables me to continue working hard to complete the work God has begun in me.

This week as we all focus on being thankful for the blessings we enjoy, I can’t help but be exceedingly thankful for each one of you and the blessing you are in my life.  Since Paul was such as great example of living a life of gratitude, I choose to let his words from Philippians 1:3-6 speak for me today.

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 

Until next week,

Meet me at the intersection!

 

 

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Responses

  1. Just this week I received an email from ACU stating “thank God for men like Mike Willoughby”. Amen to that!

  2. Mike, the rest of us are the ones who are blessed to have you in our lives! I know mine has been changed in a profound way because of your dedication to the faith. Thanks for your example and encouragement to continue to “run the race” with the expectation of winning.

  3. Our family has been so blessed to have crashed through your intersection !! We love all of your family. Happy thanksgiving!

  4. Thank you MIke for those beautiful thoughts and inspirations. Hey if you can find time to write those beautiful thoughts on Intersections we surely can find the time to read them and think on them God bless you and your family on this Thanksgiving day. Happy one to you too. Jean


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