We should always be quick to praise and show affirmation towards those who
have done exceptional deeds. We must not assume that they know they’re
appreciated and loved, but rather we are to verbally and physically show
them that their work is well done and we are thankful for them. Many times
people need to be reminded and told that their work is not in vain and
shown how greatly they are loved so that self doubt or animosity will have
no place in their life. (Romans 12:10) (Philippians 2:1-4) (Galatians 6:1-4)
The Lord calls us the children of light who are to lead by example sharing
love and goodness towards all who are down or discouraged. The simplest
words of praise and thankfulness can make a world of difference to someone
who is feeling unappreciated. The Bible tells us in Romans 12:10 "Be
kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring
one another." It is easy for us to say thank you, so you be encouraged to
brighten someone else's day and let them know how great they truly are.
I hope this message encourages your heart to be quick to show your
appreciation and thankfulness towards those who have done good works.
ONE MINUTE CAN CHANGE A LIFE
He almost killed somebody, but one minute changed his life. The beautiful
story comes from Sherman Rogers' old book, Foremen: Leaders Or Drivers? In
his true-life story, Rogers illustrates the importance of effective
During his college years, Rogers spent a summer in an Idaho logging camp.
When the superintendent had to leave for a few days, he put Rogers in charge.
“What if the men refuse to follow my orders?” Rogers asked. He thought of
Tony, an immigrant worker who grumbled and growled all day, giving the
other men a hard time.
“Fire them,” the superintendent said. Then, as if reading Rogers' mind, he
added, “I suppose you think you are going to fire Tony if you get the
chance. I'd feel badly about that. I have been logging for 40 years. Tony
is the most reliable worker I've ever had. I know he is a grouch and that
he hates everybody and everything. But he comes in first and leaves last.
There has not been an accident for eight years on the hill where he works.”
Rogers took over the next day. He went to Tony and spoke to him. “Tony, do
you know I'm in charge here today?” Tony grunted. “I was going to fire you
the first time we tangled, but I want you to know I'm not,” he told Tony,
adding what the superintendent had said.
When he finished, Tony dropped the shovel full of sand he had held and
tears streamed down his face. “Why he no tell me dat eight years ago?”
That day Tony worked harder than ever before -- and he smiled! He later
said to Rogers, “I told Maria you first foreman in deese country who ever
say, 'Good work, Tony,' and it make Maria feel like Christmas.”
Rogers went back to school after that summer. Twelve years later he met
Tony again. He was superintendent for railroad construction for one of the
largest logging companies in the West. Rogers asked him how he came to
California and happened to have such success.
Tony replied, “If it not be for the one minute you talk to me back in
Idaho, I keel somebody someday. One minute, she change my whole life.”
Effective managers know the importance of taking a moment to point out what
a worker is doing well. But what a difference a minute of affirmation can
make in any relationship!
One minute. Have you got one minute to thank someone? A minute to tell
someone what you sincerely like or appreciate about her? A minute to
elaborate on something he did well? One minute. It can make a difference
for a lifetime.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:10 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in
honour preferring one another.”
Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering
thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so
fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when
he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work,
and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth
us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in
any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also
aboundeth by Christ.”
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved
us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God
so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is
perfected in us.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: EIGHT GIFTS THAT DON'T COST
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Today’s Selected Testimony: THE SPARROW
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry