Each of us has probably, at some time or another, felt the effects of appreciation in our lives. Appreciation generates a good feeling of self-worth and creates a human connection to others that encourages us to build more collaborative relationships.
As spiritual leaders in the church, we must remember
how important it is to give appreciation, especially to those
who are working with us as fellow volunteers. Appreciation
enhances self-esteem for both the giver and the receiver
and creates a human connection.
In his book The Success Principles, Jack Canfield
says, “A state of appreciation is one of the highest
vibrational emotional states possible.”
Sadly, while appreciation is a wonderful
thing to receive, how often do we give it
back to others and practice it ourselves?
Appreciation is having admiration
for others and communicating your
approval to them. It is taking time to
make people feel welcome and special.
It is a form of valuing others; it takes the
focus off of you and places it on God’s
purpose and direction. It is fueled
from our heartfelt thanks to God
for what we have and for what
He has done, and it is a lifestyle
of worship and adoration. This
allows us to give to and value others with respect and honor (Rom. 12:10; 1 Thess.
5:12-18; 1 Tim. 5:17; 6:1; 1 Pet. 2:17).
Appreciation is honoring others while also being
grateful for what we have. It is being thankful and glad for
other people—friends, family, and co-workers. The world
is full of people who live to discourage others; very few
people live to build others up. However, these Scriptures
point out how valuable it is to God that we take the time to
How can we be more appreciative leaders in our
church? We can do so by voicing sincere compliments,
taking the time to write a thank-you note, celebrating
victories, and honestly showing our delight so that others
Showing appreciation also helps us to realize what we
have and to be grateful for the relationships, opportunities,
and blessings God gives us. Appreciation helps us accept
that the difficulties and trials of life are part of God’s loving
provision and care that leads to our learning and growth
for a greater good and maturity (James 1:2-8).
As a spiritual leader, you can set an example for others
by expressing your own appreciation. People thrive when
they are valued. Take time to show and tell those who
are working with you in the church that you value the
contribution they make to the church.
Appreciation is essential for showing God’s love, and
it is proof of His blessings flowing through you! May we
value human dignity so we can appreciate others.