My husband and I had a conversation the other day about people in general and recognizing when people are appreciative of you and not what you can do for them. This really had me thinking. Often we have friends, co-workers, church member and even family members who you assume love and appreciate you because you have always loved and appreciated them. However at some point (sometimes is sooner and sometimes is later), you realize you couldn’t have been farther from the truth.
Think about it…when was the last time a particular person called/texted you to just say hi and needed nothing in return? How about buying you something they knew you would like just because? When you truly appreciate a person it’s not always about what you “give,” as it is about the thought and the sincerity that lies within your intentions.
When you are in any type of a relationship, each person has to be willing to give a little as well as sacrifice a little. When you give, it cannot be grudgingly. It should be whole hearted and with pure intent. Also, you shouldn’t be doing it with the expectancy for the other person to return the favor (when your feel appreciated you don’t worry because you know there will be a return).
Lastly, when you sacrifice in a relationship it will cost you some of your time, money and energy. If you are in a marriage this is something you might do often if not daily! You will have to go places you don’t want to go just to make the other person happy. Or maybe you spend the extra money for an upscale dinner date. You make the sacrifice because you love the person and you want to show them.
I challenge you today to think about some of the people in your lives and ask yourself, “Am I appreciated for me or what I can do for them?” The best thing you can do is trust what the Spirit
speaks to you (aka your intuition or your “gut” feeling). Everyone wants to feel appreciated and they should. You control who you let in your life. Make sure they add to your life and not rob you of your life.
Supporting scriptures: Luke 6:31; 1John 3:18; 1Corinthians 13:4
Happy Sunday Everyone!