Read Philippians 1:3-11                              —Philippians 1:3 (NIV)

Paul wrote, “I thank my God every time I remember you.”


“I know you. I remember when you were my fifth grade teacher.” The young woman smiled. “What do you remember?” I asked. “The time we made lunch for our parents. We figured out a healthy menu and how much food would cost. You even taught us table manners.”

Seeing my former student reminded me that, intentionally or not, we make impressions on those around us. Each of us has recollections of those who have enriched our lives by following Paul’s word to the Thessalonians: “Encourage one another and build each other up.” (1 Thess. 5:11).

Unfortunately, many of us can also recall when our hurtful actions have lead to broken relationships. Jesus gave specific instructions about handling such painful memories: “If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them.” (Matt. 5:23-24).

By facing the past and taking action to repair a broken relationship, we can restore peace between ourselves and the other person. Even if we feel guilty or embarrassed, we can resolve to change. In the future, with determination and God’s help, we can make a positive impact that reflects our walk with Jesus.

Prayer—Heavenly Father, help us to live in ways that reflect you and your love. Amen.

Thought for the Day—The impression I make on others should reflect my relationship with Jesus.

Rebecca Brown LeRud (Oregon)