Appreciation is "the recognition of the quality, value, or significance of people and things; a judgment or opinion, especially a favorable one, an expression of gratitude; awareness or delicate perception, especially of aesthetic qualities or values."

To appreciate is "to recognize the quality, significance, or magnitude of; to be fully aware of or sensitive to; to realize; to be thankful or show gratitude for." Appreciation is a soul virtue, the twin of gratitude.

Edna Lister on Appreciation

People will turn themselves inside out for anyone who really appreciates their effort. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Correspondence, August 1934.

You never learn appreciation, except through loss. Things and persons become more "real" when you lose them and learn their true value. – Edna Lister, The Twelfth Degree, June 15, 1935.

Appreciation arises from earning. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 14, 1939.

Appreciate what you have been given in gratitude and do not take it lightly or matter-of-factly, lest a dry rot of lukewarmness start, which disintegrates what God has joined. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 19, 1939.

Appreciate with gratitude what you have gained, for countless steps are added for every step you take in surrender by stepping where the Master has stepped. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 23, 1939.

Show appreciation for what you have earned by continued seeking, earnest effort and study, by holding your torch high to light the Way for others on earth. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 18, 1941.

Appreciate others fully for their efforts and contributions. Do not wound them with ingratitude. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 30, 1941.

You must appreciate others in joy and show your appreciation in many ways. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 20, 1945.

You may be praying for someone or some condition even before being asked, but it works better when you put up a line of Light as a request. In a problem situation, accept whatever comes after you have done your best as love. Unappreciated service is a sacrificial service, yet you must work in love, with no doubts or self. Remember, when debts are paid, when initiations are finished, you move higher. Nothing lasts forever, for change is constant. Do your work well, so that you will not doubt its quality. An earned joy is the greater when it comes. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 18, 1946.

If another praises you and appreciates you, thank God and give Him the credit as you receive the praise joyously and graciously. – Edna Lister, Gifts and Giving, June 14, 1953.

You willfully and deliberately let God's gifts slip through your fingers by lack of appreciation, not keeping vows, and not assuming full responsibility. When you flout anything, you go clear to the bottom, for God's gifts are not to be mocked. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 14, 1956.

Appreciation is gratitude, voiced, yet self is showing when appreciation seems to stick in your throat. Gratitude is a supreme virtue. It makes the other fellow feel so good and you, too. It is such an agreeable thing to do. Do not put a stinger in your gratitude. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 20, 1956.

Devotion is appreciation of the Infinite, greatness and goodness, and absolute reliance upon principle always. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 27, 1959.

The measure of your appreciation, gratitude and joy, as the riches you bring before God, is the measure of Power you may release. – Edna Lister, What Is Your Measure of Power, June 12, 1960.

Joy ascends you to a high point of appreciation, a realization that God is all joy. – Edna Lister, Realization Through Praise, June 26, 1960.

When you complain about how you feel, you create a vacuum of need. You must put effort into what you seek to do, or study, to get anything from it. Cleanse the fear. Fill the void with love. Love God and appreciate everything in your life. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 12, 1961.

You have no right to expect approval or appreciation from anyone. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 7, 1961.

These lessons in law are magnificent enough to carry you to the highest thrones. Yet ample appreciation is necessary to hold this point. Lack of appreciation causes you to fall asleep again. To forget law is the second death. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 16, 1961.

All growth comes under the great law of appreciation, or gratitude. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 16, 1961.

Devotion expresses our appreciation and love of God in praise and song. – Edna Lister, This One Thing I Do, November 26, 1961.

Be in joy and in unconquerable faith, for in them resides the Power to move through your affairs, preparing the way for the fulfillment of all promises, and for your dream-desires to come to pass. Keep praise on your lips, your heart alight with joy, and your prayer declarations positive.

Declare: “Let the full Power of God now move forth, opening new doors of service and promotions. Let Thy Power go before me now, preparing my way into high places of appreciated service. Let my way be Thy way, oh Father of Light, and let Thy glory possess me.”
So shall Power move to fulfill your prayer molds and bring them into outer expression. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 25, 1961.

Hold your gains and rejoice. Without rejoicing, man is nothing, for gratitude is the first law of increase. All growth comes under the great law of appreciation, or gratitude. Gratitude and joy are the vibrations that keep you from slipping into the mud of self. You cannot rejoice if you are bound to the little self. To touch the vibration of praise, move into the high principle of joy. To rejoice and be glad under all outer conditions is the goal, because your declaration, "This is good," must be born under the spirit of praise and devotion to God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 13, 1962.

Your surrender and acceptance are the measure of your appreciation. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 28, 1964.

Treatment for gratitude and awareness for yourself or others, to be broadcast, using the rotary motion: "Be alive. Be aware. Be appreciative." Be alive and alert with the Life and Light of God. Remember to keep several things going all at once. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 4, 1964.

Praise is the only thing that starts faith, the fuel on which you run, flowing. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. – Revelation 3:18. Praise is your eye salve. Eye trouble indicates a lack of appreciation and gratitude. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 13, 1965.

Your appreciation could be a thousandfold greater than it is. Turn up the heat and get off the simmer burner. Take time to say, "Thank You, Father. You have healed me." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 12, 1966.

Count each miracle and blessing and praise God for them, for praise is gratitude. Appreciation and dedication to miracles brings more miracles. Love melts and dissolves the barriers that you had imposed between yourself and the good things. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 14, 1966.

Self-pity and desire for appreciation are two great stumbling blocks in this work of soul ascension. Many become conscious of making sacrifices and flop. Some make the hard climb repeatedly while others do not. Everyone must have honor and integrity. You came to earth to give, and your giving creates room to receive. The Father wraps all your giving into a great package and sends it as a fulfilled project. If God is for you, who can be against you? It is a matter of never thinking about the self, the lifter, or of wiping out darkness. You falter and slip only when you grow weary of waiting for love and appreciation under law.

<>p>You were begotten to represent God's giving Power. When in doubt, choose something you can appreciate without regard to self. Even if another has thrown it in the scrap basket, what has that to do with you and your expression? Can the world’s evil darts of scorn or envy sour your choice of how to act? When one expresses against God, how does your thought of, "How I love you," affect him? Give the stranger a smile. That small effort can bring the power of high choice to the one you love most.

God sent you here to give, to live by the principle of giving. When you have drained yourself of giving, remember that another bit of giving can tear away the veils. The work is done if you love enough. "What is that to thee? Follow thou me" refers to action on the other end. The most brutal repudiation of your love is a sign that the wedge of Light is in. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 4, 1968.

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An Ounce of Appreciation

Is appreciation the last thing your family or boss thinks of giving? Does it take all the natural joy from your work, and leave you feeling low and unnecessary? Even work that you may love can grow stale under these outer conditions, if you allow yourself to think too much about not being appreciated for what you are doing. The way to cure this dullness in your own life is easy.

Start an appreciation campaign right where you work and live. Everyone responds to it. Everyone loves it. Appreciation keeps the old world ticking. It is the spice of life to most folks and most folks will do most anything when others appreciate it. It doesn't cost a cent and gives large returns to the giver. You may not receive appreciation from those to whom you give it, but you will create bubbling joy within your own heart.

Life will look rosy again and your outlook will return to normal. Try it tomorrow, wherever you find yourself. Use it on your family. Find something to praise and your smile may draw some praise to you. An ounce of appreciation will give many a pound of satisfaction. – Edna Lister, "An Ounce of Appreciation," Life in a Nutshell, 1942.

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Appreciation Is a Love Affair With God 1

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for May 16, 1965. Scripture: Revelation 3:11-22.

To appreciate is "to put a value on anything or person, to evaluate, to prize, to esteem, to cherish." The definition, "to cherish," adds love to the meaning. Appreciation is "a sensitive awareness of correct values, discriminating discernment."

You cannot appreciate anything or anyone without understanding. You cannot love a nothing. You must have either an abstract idea, or an object of love, an individualized expression. You cannot love an idea, an object or a person without an appreciation of what they stand for.

The first chapter of the Revelation speaks of stars and candelabras and their meanings. The second and third chapters of the Revelation hold two sets of promises, six promises to creators, and seven promises to the worshipers before the throne of the love of God.

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. – Revelation 3:17-18.

First, you must buy gold tried in the fire, to be rich. Second, you must buy white raiment to be clothed in purity. Third, you must anoint your eyes with the eye salve of praise to see.

Gold is yellow, symbolizing that it holds all attributes of wisdom. Ours is the religion of love in which we teach honor as loyalty to God and integrity of soul.

Wisdom is the stairway upward in consciousness. You must keep moving or someone coming up from the rear will shove you off the trail. The summit of the climb is never crowded. Climb, and keep your gaze focused up.

Second, you must buy white raiment, which represents purity of heart, mind and purpose. All hidden self-centered will eventually shows through anyone's camouflage, no matter how carefully applied. Lukewarmness is just talking and thinking about conquering self.

Third, you must anoint your eyes with eye salve. Look with the mind's eye as vision, and see with the eyes of the soul. See all the unborn miracles up there, waiting to come forth under faith.

Without praise, you can have no soul vision. Praise starts faith into action. Love is timeless, measureless and works as one. It is always the right time and right place under love, which makes us unconquerable.

Self love is too tired, too weary and too self-satisfied to be in the right place at the right time. Self-pity is the heaviest burden on earth, and always collapses under its own weight.

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. – Revelation 3:12.

The sixth and seventh promises go together (Revelation 3:12 and 3:20-21). You cannot receive God's name until you sit on your own high soul throne. You cannot be a pillar in the temple until you are securely in the high temple.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. – Revelation 3:20-21.

Power, personalized for you to release, stands at the door knocking. Let it in to fill your endocrine glands with energy. To sup means to take in, to assimilate. Reach for the stars. If you feel low, break through the ceiling to open the lotus centers in the mental body. Then Power takes charge.

The throne represents the gland-like parathalamus structures of the brain opened wide and functioning for spiritual seeing and hearing. It takes a thousand burnt offerings to open them, and only praise can swing them wide.

Love is your super space ship, our orbiting satellite. Praise is your jet engine, and faith is your fuel. Appreciation is your ignition switch. Without gratitude for what you have, you cannot start your engine of praise.

The fuel of faith is inexhaustible and self-renewing, so you never need to stop to refuel. The faster you go, the more fuel you have.

God is all the words you can use when you declare it good, which is His name. God is all beauty, success, strength, glory, wisdom and love. Every name is His when you call them on yourself.

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Etymology of appreciate: Latin appretiare, "to appraise."

Appreciation is a soul virtue.


The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them. – G.K. Chesterton


Chesterton, G.K. Autobiography. Hutchinson and Co., 1936.

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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