Feeling gratitude and not expressing it like wrapping a present and not giving it. – William Arthur Ward
Recently, I hosted a get together for a dear friend who has moved out of state and was back in town for a visit. We had a fantastic time meeting her newest baby and hearing all that God has been doing over the past year in her life. Towards the end of the evening, she graciously had asked all the guests to prepare something kind to say about me as this past week it was birthday and she knows I LOVE words of encouragement.
I was so humbled, and a bit uncomfortable, but so deeply honored by their gesture.
I don’t know about you, but I love to be appreciated. Valued. To be seen. Relationships mean a great deal to me, and I do my best to love others well, to serve those around me well.
Each of us is designed to bring value, but not all of God’s children recognize their own unique contribution. When we build one another up, choose to be intentional with our words spoken over others, we not only help to promote their purpose, but our own as well. So many of us do life alongside our family members, coworkers, friends … but a lack of intentionality often prevents us from doing life WITH others.
Years ago, communities hunted and cooked together, gathered and parented with one another. They ate, washed, and prayed with arms and hearts and lives intermingled. Humanity’s need for dependency upon one another has not changed except in our minds. Today, we are more lonely and in need of authentic human connection than ever before.
As small as it may seem, when we begin to recognize how those around us bring depth to our lives, we begin to appreciate how intricately we are interwoven, essentially dependent, upon one another. Even those with whom we struggle can play a significant role in our own personal development and journey as we grow from within.
Can you shift your perspective today to believe in the community God has placed you in? Is is a possibility that the answers you are seeking rest in the appreciation you yourself long for?
A compliment given is grace received.
Proverbs 11:25 – A generous person prospers; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron; so one person sharpens another.
1 Corinthians 12:27 – Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.