Guest Post by JD Walt: “How Appreciation Works”

“Assets depreciate from wear and tear from use and misuse over the passage of time. Think of your car. What would it look like for my swagger wagon to actually appreciate in value; to get newer or increase in worth? It would look like me in the drive way washing and waxing that dream machine every week. It would look like protective floor mats and no Dorito chiplets filling up the cracks between the seats. It would look like me constantly asking and answering the question, “What will appreciate the value of this awesome ride?”

People depreciate from wear and tear from use and misuse over the passage of time. Think of your spouse. What would it look like for your spouse to actually appreciate in value; to get newer or increase in worth? It would look like me in the bathroom washing and waxing her body– I mean those toilets every week. It would feel like a constant noticing of her deepest self and her constant possibilities with visionary affirmation. It would look like anticipatory thoughtfulness as relates to her needs and wants and well timed words that build in her a strength of spirit. It would look like me constantly asking and answering the question, “What will appreciate the value of this awesome woman?”

This is how appreciation works. And it works on anyone, anywhere at any time.

This is the work of God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit in and through his people. “Behold,” says Jesus, “I am making all things new.” We join this work through simple appreciation of others.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16

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