Think About It: Appreciation

How often do you take time to express your appreciation to others? I have heard people say, “Why should I express my appreciation to people who I am paying to do something for me?”

Do you recall when it was a common practice when you made a purchase in a place of business for the clerk to automatically say “thank you?”

It made you feel like returning to do more business in the future.

Many years ago when I was in high school, I worked at a filling station near my home. The owner of the business always insisted, no mater how much fuel the customer purchased, that they be treated with acts or words of appreciation for their business. Are we forgetting to express our appreciation to each other in this new day of self service and automation?

The other day, I made a phone call to a place of business and almost said thank you to a computer voice on the other end of the phone. However, all of this is no excuse for not showing appreciation to those around us with whom we come in contact.

For example, when was the last time you expressed words of appreciate to people such as your doctor, pharmacist, barber or hair dresser, automobile service person, pastor, Sunday school teacher, neighbor, family, spouse, fellow worker, teacher, mail carrier, grocery clerk, bank teller, usher at your church, waitress, police and fire department and the list goes on and on.

There are many people who need to be shown our expressions of appreciation.

Why not take the time today and make a list of those persons who you need to contact and express words of appreciation to them. Let them know they mean something special to you and that you appreciate them. You will make their day and yours will be better also.

“There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment and poured it on his head.” Matthew 26:7.

Some may have disagreed with her but it was her way of showing her appreciation to her Lord Jesus.

Margaret Fuller said, “Next to beauty is the power of appreciating it.”

Show your appreciation to someone everyday.

THINK ABOUT IT!

(If you would like to order my new book THINK ABOUT IT please send check or money order in the amount of $12.50 for each book payable to George Hazlett c/o Farm & Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, Ohio 44460.)

About the Author

George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio. More Stories by George A. Hazlett

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