Devotion for the Week of December 14, 2014
GRANT ME A CHEERFUL HEART THAT BRINGS HEALING
Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (NIV)
Celebrate this season with joy and appreciation for those on your team. This is a wonderful time to write those notes of gratitude that you intended to write but put off until a better time. Everyone needs to be appreciated. They will benefit from being told they are a blessing. Statements or notes of thankfulness can bring cheerfulness that acts as a good medicine for those you serve and those who serve with you. Your greatest gift to those in your small world is to remember them with a note or card.
Failing to say thank you or to compliment a job well done can crush a person’s spirit To serve without appreciation or without acknowledgement of a job well done discourages future effort. We don’t compliment for the purpose of manipulation or to get them to continue to serve. Rather, we offer appreciation because it is the right thing to do.
Appreciation and gratitude is also valuable when working with your students. Some of the greatest times with my students was when I took time to acknowledge each student and tell them what I appreciated about them. Sometimes I would point out to students the talents and giftings I saw building in them; other times I spoke of specific acts of kindness I witnessed. This was a wonderful, uplifting way to end the first semester on the last day before the holiday.
DEAR GOD: Give us the wisdom to have the courage and time to express our appreciation to our team and our students. May our thankfulness become genuine and deep rooted within us. Help us to realize how many blessings we really have. Give us the williness to share those blessings with those that bring blessing and richness in our lives.
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