There is the proclivity in our nature as human beings to take so much for granted. One species of people who are so easily taken for granted are those who organise things. They give up their time, energy (and sometimes money as well) to arrange events or facilitate the smooth running of organisations.
Many others are, very often, the beneficiaries of their activities. Through their organising, many others are allowed to participate in valuable and fulfilling activities. And yet, rather than recognizing this and appreciating it, people only spot the failures of organisation and are soon complaining and criticising. How sad!
I was struck recently in speaking with somebody how easy it is to overlook the organisers. This person said how much they were encouraged when someone just took the time and came up to them to say how much they appreciated all they had done to make the organisation / events run smoothly.
I was at an event recently where someone had put a lot of time and effort into organising something which my children were benefiting from. I was suddenly aware how easy it was just to attend and go away without appreciating all that that person had done. In fact, I was a bit startled by my indifference. I then made a point of going to the person and expressing my thanks.
This reminds me how much encouragement can come to others through us being sensitively aware of what they have done. Do you know someone who has done a lot to organise something or works quietly but diligently to make sure something operates well? If that is the case, why not take time to appreciate them?
By the way, our churches would be such blessed places if more and more of this appreciating of one another was taking place.