Remembering with Thankfulness

Shared life strengthens bond. I remember the first time I stepped into our classroom in college. The first day in school was a bit daunting for a shy, introvert girl like me. I sat at the front row and somewhere in the center of the room to keep me more focused to the teacher. So, there I was with a couple of other students who were my new classmates and some of them where already talking to each other while we were waiting for our teacher. It was somewhat awkward during the first day with no one to talk to and unsure to strike a conversation. But, that was just the first day. Eventually, we became friends and because we were classmates for four years in college, we developed closeness and familiarity, especially within our circle because we share the same specialization. We became so close that we shared food, we shared answers to assignments, helped each other, and even scolded one another in friendly banter whenever one of us made mistakes. Because we shared a lot of time together in school, our friendship bloomed into a stronger bond. Whenever I think of them, I could still vividly remember our happy and difficult times in facing challenges in college. It brings a lot of memories. It makes me happy to reminisce.

Unless we share our life together, we could not really have that strong bond. Even in our relationship in the family, when we cease to spend time and share things together, it weakens the bond and unity of the family. We grow cold and uncaring. Shared moments kindles love and bond. It ignites warmth, care, and oneness of heart and purpose.

In God’s family, shared times with one another strengthens our bond and unity. It is essential that we share time together in worship, in leisure, and in serving in the ministry. In this manner we strengthen the bond of peace and unity. Such is the bond and unity of the first church. Because they spent time together in praying, in fellowship, and they shared to whoever was in need among them.

All who believed were together, and had all things in common. They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. The Lord added to the assembly day by day those who were being saved.

– Acts 2:44-47 (WEB)

Shared life will always leave a special affection. Special memories of shared friendship and love like my college days which I remember with happiness after 19 years or like the unforgettable special moments I had with my father when I was a kid when he played board games with me after his day’s work. Long years did not taint the memories. I could remember them clearly and with such feelings of great affection. They are special moments because they are times I shared my life with my friends and with my family. These are occassions we do not easily forget.

Apostle Paul had such a poignant affection towards the saints in Philippi. The Apostle Paul obviously cared for them deeply. They shared a special bond. He expressed this in his letter in Philippians 1:3-7. In his deep affection towards them, Apostle Paul remembered them with joy and he thanked God every time he remembered them.

I thank my God whenever I remember you, always in every request of mine on behalf of you all, making my requests with joy, for your partnership in furtherance of the Good News from the first day until now.”

– Philippians 1:3-5 (WEB)

Paul explained why he felt such deep love for the Christians in Philippi (v.7). These saints became his partners in the furtherance of the Good News ever since He started and they had been with him even when he was imprisoned and when he needed to defend the gospel (v.5, v.7). They did not stop helping ang supporting the Apostle both in advancing the gospel and in financial matters even many years have passed. They had a deep connection because they shared their lives together in works of service. They had deep fellowship working together in love for one another and for Christ.

Who are those people that fill you with joy or thanksgiving when you remember them? I bet they have shared a special moment with you showing their love and care.

When we deeply connect with one another as a family of God, it makes our love stronger for one another. It spurs us to be joyful towards each other and it gives a grateful heart that results to praise and thanksgiving to God.

So, when God leads you to serve and share your love to others in whatever way possible like how the Christians at Philippi shared their love and care to Apostle Paul, look forward and realize that your labor of love will never be in vain. One day, some people will be praying to God about you and thanking God for your life as they remember you. There will come a day when someone will look back with deep affection towards you because you cared for them.

Keep serving joyfully and keep sharing your life with others in love.

Published by Deborah Agustin

A High School Teacher who loves to write.

6 thoughts on “Remembering with Thankfulness

  1. Thank you very much for writing about shared life ,it is of utmost importance in the present time as members of many churches are abandoning the other followers for their interests and are living somewhat selfish life.I appreciate your initiative for the spread of true love of our first Church.God bless.Take care.🙏😊🌹

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  2. Hay sarap na heart le 🥰🥰🥰 Im smiling while im reading because as i read the lines im also imagining my experiences with friends and love ones.. I will do my best to be a blessing to everyone because I want that everytime they will remember me, they will smile with their hearts.❤️❤️❤️❤️ I love you always Mam Deb.😘

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