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gail

A good example of this is that our employees fill out an employee satisfaction survey every year. The nurses who work for me put at the top of their wish list that they would like more appreciation comments from me ahead of pay raises and I was blown away. I didn't realize I was lacking here but now I know how much a pat on the back means. One more example is my grand daughters' 12 year old friend who "feels invisible". Unappreciated. It hurts to hear that. Thanks for the nudge.

Greg England

The easiest gift to give ... and often the most neglected. Good reminder.

Amy

Thank you for the reminder today. I know I take my family for granted. And you also make a great point about taking members of the body for granted. Just being a part of the body of Chirst is such a priviledge, and I think we take that for granted too.

Jim Martin

Gail,
That is very good for me to hear. A good reminder. Thanks!

Bill

Penetrating thoughts, Jim! I'm trying to become more aware of the ways people bless my life so that I can more effectively express my gratitude.

Also, in my estimation, you are right on target with your last observation. I think there are many who feel unappreciated in most churches. Expressing appreciation is a bit tricky, though. I once started an effort to thank people publicly and privately for big and small things they were doing. Many (probably more than half) of the people asked me not to single them out. They felt better about their service when the spotlight was not shining on them. (I actually called the campaign: In the Spotlight) Now, I try to make me commendations more generic, recognizing the good that has been done, rather than the people who are doing the work.

BTW, I know you are NOT seeking our thanks, but... THANK YOU for blessing our lives with this fabulous blog. Although I don't comment every day, I am blessed daily by your thoughts!

-bill

Ted Gossard

Jim, So true. I think one key is do it when it is on your heart to do so. Not later. I don't want people to think I'm flattering them. But I do believe in trying to encourage others in what they're doing, and thank them for their work, especially one's work in the Lord. Heaven knows there is more than enough discouragement out there to go around for everyone several times over!

Allan R. Bevere

Jim:

Great post. I think it can be particularly difficult for pastors. We are always looking for volunteers that we can take for granted those who are already doing so much.

Pastors need to send out thank you notes weekly to people in the congregation who give of their time, resources, and talents.

It is a small thing to do considering what volunteers continue to do to further the mission of the church in the world.

Jeff Ulrich

Isn't it amazing how hard it is to say such an easy phrase, "thank you". It seems like we don't realize how much we appreciate someone or something till it is gone.
Thank you Jim for your post. It is a great wake up for a lot of us.

Jeff Ulrich

Isn't it amazing how hard it is to say such an easy phrase, "thank you". It seems like we don't realize how much we appreciate someone or something till it is gone.

Thank you Jim for your post. It is a great wake up for a lot of us.

Jim Martin

Bill,
Thanks for your kind words re the blog. I have appreciated your comments.

You make a good point. Expressing appreciation can be a bit tricky and needs some wisdom. I try to ask, "What seems to be most appropriate for this particular person?"

Jim Martin

Allan,

You are right---this is difficult. As you observed, we take people for granted far too often.

Jim Martin

Ted,
Good comment--what you said is very good. It is important to say something when this is on your heart. So often, I have thought about someone who I should thank in the next conversation but never followed up.

Jim Martin

Jeff--
Thanks! And thanks for your comment and for coming by. Hope you will comment again.

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