The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life;. . . In the lips of him that has understanding wisdom is found. (Prov. 10: 11, 13)
When we say thank you to someone who completes a task, we are expressing our appreciation. But when we acknowledge and express our gratitude for what others are---in character, in motive, in heart---we are affirming them personally. A mark of maturity is the ability to affirm, not just appreciate.
How easy to see people (especially family members and fellow [employees]) as doers of tasks, but a task-oriented mentality is incomplete. As important as appreciation for a job well done may be, it too is incomplete. People aren't human tools appointed to accomplish a set of tasks, but human beings with souls, with feelings. How essential it is to recognize and affirm the unseen, hidden qualities that make an individual a person of worth and dignity.
Being praised for our personal self-worth builds a very strong foundation for our self-esteem and vice versa. Our ability to recognize and affirm those that God has placed in our lives is essential for our respective communities to develop strong and cohesive individuals, families, and any institution that comprises of people.
As Christians, we are fortunate and blessed to have a loving God in our lives that values us and praises our personal worth. Jesus epitomizes praise! When He was crucified, He saw our worth. He saw how valuable we would be long before we saw our own self-worth.
My dear friends, are you praising someone's personal worth? Are you going out of your way to recognize and affirm someone you know with a great deal of dignity and respect? Always be mindful of the opportunities God creates for you to make a significant contribution to a person's personal worth. Chances are likely you are going to one day going to need someone to praise YOUR personal worth.
Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).