Monday, September 13, 2010

I Appreciate You

MountainWings       A MountainWings Moment
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I Appreciate You

I recently received an email from a friend. The email only contained three commonly used and familiar words, yet these three words from my friend had a different feel. This simple powerful phrase shook me. It was a MountainWings Moment.

"I appreciate you" is what the email read. I gazed at this short sentence and read it over and over again. I could feel the transforming, uplifting power of these three words.

I have been thanked countless times, which is always proper and in order when someone does something for you. It is simply showing gratitude or giving credit for something that you are
responsible for.

To appreciate means to recognize the significance, quality, or magnitude of. (Appreciate freedom) To be fully aware of or sensitive to; realize: (I appreciate your problems) To be thankful or show gratitude for: (I appreciate your help) To admire greatly; value  To raise in value or price.

My friend was not appreciating me for something I did or said to or for him personally or professionally. He was not appreciating a particular problem that I had or appreciating my help on a matter.

I appreciate YOU is what the email read. That means I am appreciated, I am admired greatly, I am valued, and I am raised in value. He recognizes the significance, quality and magnitude of me, and who I am. He is thankful and shows gratitude for me.

As I absorbed the power of these three words and allowed them to penetrate and saturate my inner being, I considered whom the email was from. One of the many life lessons is to always consider the message and the source of messages that enter into your life constantly. Could this be just careless from the hip speaking? Did he have any idea how powerfully profound and life- changing this one short statement would be? Well, consider the source of the message.

The email was from a man who gives so much of himself, so much of his resources, his talents, and abilities to help and uplift others. He is not only my friend, he is also my Pastor of the local church, the Pastor of a worldwide church called, and he is also the writer of He voluntarily receives no salary from the local church or the worldwide Internet outreach ministries in which he funded from his own resources. He is truly a Pastor in the true sense of The Word.

Yet, he says to me, "I appreciate you."

That also means YOU (The one reading this issue). Remember the definition of appreciate. You tend to invest in the things that you find value in, and he invests heavily in you and me. Our Heavenly Father also invests heavily in us.

Feel the power of "I APPRECIATE YOU." Tell someone or many, and mean it.

Dip into your rich resources and invest in them; whatever those resources may be.

Most of the subscribers will never meet the founder, creator and writer of MountainWings. Yet, he sees value in you, me, and all people. Just click on any of the links and see for yourself.

My Pastor and friend


~A MountainWings Original by Wesley Shorter~

from The Mountain: Wesley Shorter wrote this to me in July 2006, more than four years ago. I hesitated to publish it and even now I had made edits to remove all references to myself. I put them back. Not for self glorification but for you to understand that I do appreciate YOU, the readers of MountainWings.

Tell someone soon that you appreciate them, and mean it.

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I APPRECIATE YOU! I appreciate your patience in waiting for new entries while I deal with my computer issues. I appreciate your open-mindedness while you read my ramblings of randomness. I appreciate you following me along my journey of randomness and self-discovery. But most of all I APPRECIATE YOU for who you are and what you do for me! Thank you!

Tell someone that you appreciate them, and mean it!