I am currently on vacation. During this time, I am completely offline. While I am getting some rest and enjoying time with my family I thought you would like to hear from some of the Pink Team. This is a blog post from Adana Wilson. Adana is the Pastor of Pink and Adult Ministries at Gateway Church Frisco. She is happily married to Craigh and they have three boys.
Several days ago I was returning a text and started to type "I love and appreciate you." After typing that, I glanced at it and thought it sounded a little repetitive. As I got ready to erase some of it the Lord spoke to my spirit. He said love and appreciation are not the same thing.
As I began to think about it I saw how true it was. I can "love" a lot of people in my life (my husband, my boys, family, friends, etc), but am I appreciating them in my life? Do I tell them I appreciate the things they do for me? Do I show them I appreciate them by my words and actions?
The Lord had me take it a step further. He said you say you love me but do you appreciate me? It was a real eye opening thought for me. I do absolutely love the Lord, but do I always appreciate him? Do I show him I appreciate him?
One of the definitions of appreciation is an active thankfulness. Am I actively thankful to the Lord or I am constantly wanting/desiring for more from him? When I spend time with the Lord is it mostly about what I want, need or desire for him to do in me or through me? Or do I appreciate (actively thank) him for what he has already done, is doing and will do in my life?
So I want to challenge you as I have been challenged to appreciate the Lord in your life. Show him your appreciation in your words, actions and the way you live your life. Show him active thankfulness in worship when you feel like it and even when you don't. Psalm 107 is a psalm completely focused on thankfulness. All 43 verses express appreciation to the Lord. It starts in verse 1 "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies." That psalm ends in verse 43 saying "If you are really wise, you'll think this over -it's time you appreciated God's deep love." MSG
No matter what our circumstances, feelings, or the world says God is a good God and so worthy of our love AND appreciation!