Imagine God thinking about you.
What do you assume He feels when you come to mind?
I get all kinds of answers when I ask people that question.
He doesn’t like me.
He can’t stand to look at me.
He thinks I’m a bad person.
Very seldom do they say, “He’s crazy about me. If God had a refrigerator He’d have my picture on it.”
The good news is He wants a relationship with you. What if you really “got it”. You’d say, “I know my picture is on His refrigerator.”
David Takle “gets it” when he says, “Relationship is NOT the same thing as an arrangement. A lot of Christians have more of an arrangement with God than a relationship.
Takle goes on to say:
(Arrangement) a marriage of convenience to divide the workload.
(Relationship) A marriage where you love deeply and share life in every way possible, enjoying each other’s presence and heart, caring about what is best for each other.”
Healthy relationships cause you to be grateful, don’t they? Think about what it means to be in a relationship with someone who loves you dearly, knows you inside and out, and wants to be with you all the time.
Not only that but knows your needs and how to meet them. God wants you to know you can have this type of relationship.
What naturally flows out of this type of relationship is thankfulness and appreciation.
“Now that you have welcomed the Anointed One, Jesus the Lord, into your lives, continue to journey with Him and allow Him to shape your lives. Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:6-7).
- Appreciation rises up naturally from a two-way, life-giving relationship with God.
- Appreciation equips your heart to be more relational.
- Appreciation helps you to see more of God’s goodness.
Why Appreciation Matters
You feel closer to people who love you unconditionally. You’re in their heart and you feel safe. In the same way, when you think about God’s goodness to you and you’re His child, you hold Him in your hearts more closely.
Appreciation moments helps you to see the Kingdom all around you. Appreciation times helps your heart to trust Him more with your life. Also, your conversational prayer will be enriched.
This exercise points out the value of practicing appreciation moments.
I did this exercise in a class years and ago and today I still practice appreciation. It seemed too simple to be any good but I’ve learned the value of appreciation moments. Hope you do it.
- Identify 3 things in your life for which you are truly thankful and grateful. Choose things you can feel genuine appreciation for (not things for which you think you should feel appreciation).These do not have to be explicitly “spiritual” in nature. Here are some ideas to help stir your memories: A person who has meant a great deal to you (friend, mentor family member).
An experience you have had (or event you have attended) that was very rich and memorable.
A place you have lived (or visited) that has special meaning for you.
- Write out each “appreciation moment” in 3-4 sentences, stating enough to help you identify it, express the feelings you have about it, and tell why it means so much to you.
- Give each item on the list a name – one word or short phrase.
Example: I still remember my first trip to Niagra Falls and how overwhelmed I was. As I walked up to the Falls, I was speechless by the roar of the water passing over the Falls. The grandeur of it all was breathtaking.
When I picture myself at Niagra Falls again, my heart goes to the wonder of it all. I call this my Niagra Falls moment.
The above exercise is about any aspect of your life. My next post will be on how to have an appreciation moment with God.