The 1st item on Paul’s agenda was to thank God for who he was communicating with. Being thankful forces us to identify the positives in others. Thankfulness makes others feel their value. It brings out the best in others. It helps us value life & all the blessings we have. It includes God & others in what we are doing. It prevents us from becoming conceited. It opens the door into God’s presence & into other people’s lives. Finally, it simply is good, right & appropriate to give thanks to the Lord.