Okay, acknowledgement is not really a value.  It's more of an action, but it has everything to do with the way you view the world and your relationship with other people. 

My pastor used an illustration in his sermon today... you wouldn't walk into a dinner at the White House (assuming you were invited) and not acknowledge the President.  He would be the reason you were at the White House, and the person who happens to live there. 

Even though the people we come into contact on a daily basis may not have as much clout as the President of the United States, they still matter. 

I work in a nursing home.  I am deeply aware that just taking the time to nod or smile or say hello to residents I pass in the hallway is vitally important.  Many of these people already feel discarded by their families, hopeless about their health, and live day to day going from medications to therapy to meals, and not much else. 

If you want to make a difference in the lives of other people, start by making them feel like they matter.  Listen to your spouse.  Pay attention to your children.  Say hello to someone you pass by on the street or in the hall. 

Who can you make feel important today?


  1. Carrie... Nice application of the illustration... I know you recognize in the midst of occassional frustrations and longings for other work that you have a wonderful opportunity for serving people where you are... It is such a vital ministry, and you are really on the front lines. Granted, the front line is where the action is, and being on the front line carries any number of challenges. For as long as you are there, you not only have my admiration and respect, but my prayers as well. The opportunities you have to affirm the value and dignity of your clients everyday must be innumerable. I really think you are exceptionally well suited for doing what you do. (Not to say that you are not exceptionally well suited to do any number of other things as well)... I salute you. Rob Meckley

  2. If we were all to remember that challenge, what a better place this world would be. I have seen first hand now caring you are with the residents and I admire you for that and so many other things. God has a purpose for your life. You may not know what it is but he does.

  3. Thank you for your encouraging words. And your acknowledgement (ha ha!)


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