Organizing the Inside 365 Days

Empowering Christian Women To Get Organized and Discover God's Plan for Their Lives

Organizing the Inside – Day 218 Appreciation Promotes Value

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)

When something appreciates it increases in value.
If you want to increase someone’s value, show them how much you appreciate them. Who doesn’t want to feel appreciated? Each time my husband shows me how much he appreciates my blueberry pancakes, even though the blueberries are sometimes hard and crunchy I feel motivated to do better next time. Had he taken a different approach to the yummy gourmet breakfast I prepared and not shown his appreciation, I perhaps would have lost all motivation to serve him any kind of breakfast.  Elevating the value of a person’s abilities can often be accomplished when those in leadership recognize the hard work invested. Any leader who follows the teachings of Christ knows that meeting people where they are and showing an appreciation for what they have to offer is essential to their personal growth and development. Let’s face it only true leaders develop leaders.

Jesus was the kind of leader that met people where they are.
Although, He was God, creator of the universe He wasn’t so heavenly minded that He was no earthly good. He used parables to make His message about spiritual things relatable. I find that many in ministry are so caught up in the stratosphere of their own puffed up spirituality that they forget all about the grace factor. Their “super saint” approach to real life issues is likely to leave them with a big empty fruit basket. If you want to influence someone’s attitude, disposition, or view of themselves, show your appreciation for what they bring to the table, and meet them right where they are. While they may not be all that they can be or even not nearly where you’d like them to be, value what gifts they do have. Remember when things appreciate they go up in value; and when we appreciate others they too somehow become more valuable to the entire team. I’m not sharing this as some type of profound biblical truth. This is just simple human knowledge that I have observed over the years. Certainly everyone is valuable and brings different (TAGS) talents, abilities, gifts, and skills. I’m speaking from the perspective of one way in which our influence as leaders and Christians can affect the lives of others in a meaningful way. It means a lot to someone who doesn’t fully recognize their potential to hear encouraging words expressed through appreciation. Show someone today how much you appreciate them, (right where they are) and watch them increase in a positive way.

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  Author of Christian Comfort & Conversation wrote @

Amen Liz. Build someone up and elevate spiritually, by doing what’s pleasing to God. Loving others when they don’t love themselves. Showing kindness to someone who shows it back is easy. Challenge yourself spiritually by loving someone who is not loving to you.

A Woman After God’s Own Heart ♥

  Liz Mason wrote @

Amen!!! We are to become all things to all men for the sake of the gospel. Meeting people at their point of need is what sharing God’s love is really all about.


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