Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
One of the quickest ways to bring anything into your life is through the power of appreciation. Appreciation is a form of Praise that attracts the presence of God. God love praise and when His children show appreciation for the things He has already done, it positions them to receive more from Him. Likewise, appreciation attracts people and things to us. As long as we continue to show appreciation for them, then the things we attract not only stay in our lives, but they also increase. I have found that just about every consonant we have in our lives is a result of appreciation. Our relationships, vehicles, wealth, and homes all remain in with us and functional because of appreciation.
The opposite of this principle is just as powerful. What you don’t appreciate you repel from you life. No matter how much you may desire it. Where there is no appreciation for a thing, you won’t value it. Where there is no value, the maintenance required to keep that thing functioning in your life will go undone. And where there is no maintenance performed, then routine use will eventually corrode and deteriorate that thing out of your life. The Word of God tells us that what we hear (or give attention to) will be produced in our life. And if we stop giving our attention to it, it will be taken or find an exit out of our life. (Mark 4:24-25)
People love to be appreciated. Even those who don’t thrive on praise still need the affirmation of their value through appreciation. Like God, people are attracted and motivated in some degree by praise. Let’s face it, everyone loves to be celebrated. Appreciation satisfies one of our basic needs, and that is belonging. We all want to be a part of something. God created us that way. Appreciation is a way that we know we belong.
In the workplace, every good leader knows that he can maintain good workers by being lavish in their praise and scarce on their criticism. Parents justify their children’s worth and self esteem by expressing appreciation for them. Marriages don’t fall into the corrosive factor of growing apart when appreciation is continually communicated. If God inhabits praises of His people, then certainly His children are attracted to it as well.
So today, stop and take time to appreciate the things in you life you might be taking for granted. Review their value and importance. Whether it be a relationship, a church, a job or a hobby; think of the void you would have with out it. Now go to work showing appreciation for it. If it doesn’t increase on the outside of you, it will definitely increase on the inside.
I am Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.