In his letter to the Colossians, Paul starts by thanking God for them and praying for them. He cares deeply for those that he has invested his life in...of course! I pray that I care as deeply for those God has put in my path. ... but he also makes clear that the people are not the center, and they know it. It is Jesus. It is the hope that they and we have in Him, the Gospel, the good news, εὐαγγέλιον. He has given us hope beyond this world.
Father, thank you for Jesus! Thank you for the hope of a real relationship with our Creator! Thank you for the joy of caring for others! Through your Spirit, continue to shape me into a tool that you can use. Mold my heart.