Today’s Scripture: 3 John 1
I am so blessed to have a wonderful and loving husband. Jeff and I have been married for 31 years. He is my best friend. He makes me laugh, he is helpful, he is a great father, and he always encourages me. A few years ago, I listened to a pastor speak on the importance of showing appreciation to your loved ones. I thought I was doing a good job of showing my husband how much I loved and appreciated him, but after I really thought about the sermon, I decided to text my husband a sweet message.
Hi, Hottie! I love you so much! You are the best husband in the whole world!
He texted me back:
Isn’t it a little early to be in the wine?
Ouch! His text made me realize I wasn’t showing him how much I loved and appreciated him. I realized how important it is to find time to give our loved ones the accolades and praise they deserve.
I love how John took the time to write his friend Gaius a letter, as we are reading today in 3 John 1. In the letter, John tells Gaius how much he loves and appreciates him.
3 John 1:1-4
1 This letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth. 2 Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 Some of the traveling teachers recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth. 4 I could have no greater joy than to hear my children are following the truth.
John starts the letter with a term of endearment, “my dear friend.” He tells Gaius he loves him, wishes him good health, and compliments him on being strong in the Spirit. He tells Gaius that his faithfulness and obedience to God gives him great joy. In essence, John is telling Gaius that he matters. John took the time to encourage his friend and thank him for being a blessing in his life.
The world we live in now is so busy. We are tired and overwhelmed. I know at times my focus is all wrong: I worry about things I cannot change. I get so focused on the negative, I forget to focus on all of God’s blessings. I believe our loved ones are one of God’s greatest blessings. I am going to choose to have a grateful heart. I am going to take the time to thank people, encourage them, and let them know how much they matter to me.
Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.
Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.
How do you feel when someone praises you? How often do you tell people how much they mean to you? Who should you show appreciation to?
Think about how you can thank and encourage your loved ones. Make a list of ways you can do this. Do it daily!
Jesus, I cannot begin to thank you for all you have done for me. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all your blessings. Please help me to notice every good thing you bless me with daily. Help me show love and appreciation to all my loved ones and every person I meet. I pray this will become a priority in my life. Please change me and help me to become more and more like you every day. Amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
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