What’s the last thing you said to your spouse?
Or your parents? Or your children?
What were your parting words when you last left the office? What did your coworkers take away for the weekend?
What was the last thing you said to your pastor when you left the church after the Sunday service?
What was the last thing you said to God?
A complaint? A directive? Or did you take time to tell the people you know how much you appreciate something they’ve done?
In the June 2020 Reader’s Digest, Gina Hamadey tells of writing 365 notes of appreciation during 2018, handing out one each day to someone she knew.
It changed her life and how people interacted with her. Prickly relationships became smoother, and people warmed to her. Her relationships with them developed deeper layers of meaning.
It works with God, also. Read in Revelation 11:16-17:
“And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, ‘We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.’ ”
That’s what God wants from us. Sacrifice, time, and money . . . those are great to give to God, but they are not the big thing.
God wants our appreciation. Let’s offer it today.
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