Reflection | VALUED
Gratitude shows that we recognize value. It is one of the most obvious and easy ways we can express the value we see in someone or something and yet is seems to be something we often forget. What does it do for our spirit and for other people’s when we are really grateful?
God wants us to be thankful in all things - not because all situations are wonderful but because it shifts our perspective from “my life sucks” to “I see You”. Despite adversity I can see where You are at work in my life, I can see the good, I can still have joy despite my circumstances -I still have hope.
God is Creator, Provider, Jehovah Jireh. Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb. Even in the worst of times - this is always true and so we can always be thankful even when we don’t feel like we can see God in our specific circumstances.
Thankfulness is praise, perspective, encouragement to keep going and hope that there is something better to come.
It works this way with people too. William James says, “the deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated”. Many people I know are tired. Burned out. Exhausted. Worn down. Some of that is because for the most part we don’t say thank you to one another. We don’t take the time to tell someone they have value. I grew up saying thank you because it was considered polite and the right thing to do. But it is more fundamental than that - it says “I see you” - I see your effort, small or huge, I see what you are doing and I am glad you are here doing it.
We need to shift our focus - to count our blessings instead of being negative. To return to being thankful for all God has done instead of always asking for more. To see even the small ways we serve one another and to take time to say “I see you, you’re doing a great job”. In this we communicate value, we understand how blessed we are and share with others just how much they mean to us.
The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.