Appreciating the Value…
Generally, appreciation means some blend of thankfulness, admiration, approval, and gratitude. In the financial world, something that “appreciates” grows in value. With the power tool of appreciation, you get the benefit of both perspectives: as you learn to be consistently thankful and approving, your life will grow in value. ~Doc Childre~
Learning to have appreciation and being thankful for all that we have been given is one of the primary elements to leading a life filled with joy and contentment. It is indeed a conscious choice, whether to dwell on the negative, or accentuate the positive aspects of every circumstance or condition that we find ourselves in. The rewards of a consistent attitude of thankfulness are many, not only for ourselves, but those around us. Choose this day, to ever see the glass as half full, not half empty! It will open doors to happiness and possibility that you were not able to see previously.
Thought for the day
Our brother Paul, who many suspect had the same “thorn on his side” that we do, instructed us to “be thankful in all things.” What a simple charge that is…and what a difficult one to put into action. One of the ways I have found to do that is to incorporate into my daily prayer a reminder to be thankful for one different thing every day. It can be as insignificant as a golf club or a fishing rod or an upcoming date to watch your favorite film or even a fine meal. It can also be as profound as the gift of motherhood, fatherhood, your job or career, your education or wisdom, the ability to influence our children’s lives, our children themselves, and friends or family. By embracing this unnatural attitude of thankfulness we will learn that life is about appreciating what we have undeservedly been given and not about coveting and worrying about what we do not have. It’s like working on the solution and not the problem!
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father. ~Colossians 3:15-17 (NLT)~
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit. Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord, At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. ~Ephesians 5:18-20 (Amp)~
I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with whatever I have. I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. Christ gives me the strength to face anything. ~Philippians 4:11-13 (CEV)~