I did a program last week for a local Covenant House. I have been familiar with this organization since the late 1970’s and know they do a tremendous service to their communities by helping teen’s who may be displaced or homeless. They do a fantastic work and do a lot more than provide housing. They work hard to help the young people become productive members of society. They demonstrate love and caring in very practical ways.
As I mentioned I did a program for them. It was a short presentation on showing appreciation, followed by a scavenger hunt at the St. Louis Zoo. It was a blast. These are fantastic people with a lot of energy, creativity, and even a bit of a competitive spirit. They participated well and the pictures and videos they took during the scavenger hunt we very entertaining.
But the one thing that has stood out is that in the mail a few days afterward I received a group picture; taken at the event, with the names of the participants; along with some short messages. I was thrilled to received such a gift and have it proudly displayed in our living room. It will eventually move to my office, but not before I have shared it with as many people as possible.
It was a joy and is now a treasured memory to interact with these wonderful people. I enjoyed being with them and learning from them as much as making the presentation for them. But it really burned in my mind the importance of showing appreciation. What they did gave me such a wonderful feeling. It is so nice to be appreciated. We talked about it at the event, and their demonstration brought it home.
In 1 Chronicles 16:8 it says, “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” Certainly we give thanks to God for what he has done, is doing and will do; shouldn’t that teach me to be thankful to others as well? Showing appreciation is a much need characteristic that marks a person of integrity and gratitude.
“Lord help me to say ‘Thank You’ to whom it is do, and even beyond that – may I be marked as a person of generous gratitude; to you, and those around me. Amen”