“…If you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it.” Acts 13:15 (ESV)
As a supervisor, I try to write personal notes or electronic cards to recognize when an employee has gone above and beyond. It costs nothing to give sincere praise for work done well. A kind word of thanks or appreciation goes a long way. You can even say thanks to your manager.
Some studies have shown that people prefer appreciation over getting paid top dollar.
John F. Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
I interpret that as a message to live our lives for Christ, to give thanks and praise each day and to pray for others. Don’t let an opportunity pass to tell someone you appreciate them. You never know the impact a thank you can have on a person.
This message is excerpted from “People appreciate a sincere ‘thank you’” by Lois Bylund from the March 9, 2017, blog of the Women of the ELCA. Today is the 18th Sunday after Pentecost.
If you enjoy this resource, Donate Now.