philippians 1

one of the passages read at church last night was philippians 1:3-6, “i thank my God every time i remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. i am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” i remember the first time i really paid attention to these words, i was a freshman in college. one of my girlfriends wrote it down for me as a reminder of how thankful she was for our friendship and how she was praying for me constantly with joy. obviously paul’s words and my friend’s gesture meant a lot to me as i can remember both so clearly now. i think i probably thank God for my relationships more than anything else… the source of so much joy and so many blessings. the last part of the passage speaks to me for different reasons. in terms of pursuing dreams, these words pick me up when i’m discouraged, “the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion.” if i truly believe that the dreams in my heart are placed there by God, that He has begun a good work in me, i can also be confident that He will bring it to completion. such a freeing feeling.

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