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Paul Schneidmill



My good friend, Command Sergeant Major (retired) James D. Pendry (the developer and maintainer of this website) is a man of remarkable and phenomenal character.  His integrity is well above “sea level” and I am and have been grateful to him for more reasons than I can address in this writing.  Earlier this year, he encouraged and motivated me to write a weekly devotional for the Chapel page of his website.  I didn’t believe I would be capable of doing it based on my current “life-load,” but for five and a half months now I’ve sent them in to him, he’s posted them for you to read, and now, each week I joyfully make sure I seek God for what to write, write it, e-mail it to him, and it gets posted for the world to see.  CSM Pendry (as I call him) has been a friend and mentor to me for 10-plus years now, he has this amazing ability to get me to do things I don’t think I can do, but he knows I’m capable of, and he teaches me, encourages me, and believes in me.  I thank God for CSM Pendry and I appreciate him immeasurably. 


I have another good friend named Curtis Terrell.  Curtis is a fellow minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and he’s a phenomenal fellow as well.  Curtis and I are so much alike in our actions, convictions, and thinking, that I call him my “younger twin brother” – emphasis on “younger.”  Curtis has been so instrumental in being a friend and brother to me, encouraging me and providing me discernment into things I wasn’t able to see (he once told me that, “It’s hard to see the full picture when you’re in the picture.”), that I’m incapable of thanking him completely.  I thank God for Curtis and I appreciate him immensely.  


With regards to expressing/showing appreciation to people who have been a part of and/or touched my life – my wife, children, family members, friends, acquaintances, associates, etc., I could name a host of others and do this all day. 


What I want to convey in this submission is that appreciation is something that should be given abundantly, normally, and regularly.


It is accomplished as easy as thinking.

It is as inexpensive as listening.

It can be communicated by speaking.

It can be received by hearing and very “appreciatively,”

It has powers that can only be used for good.  


The most amazing thing about it is that appreciation can be conveyed, given, related, and shown regardless of individual or collective attitudes, beliefs, characteristics, cultures, personalities, positions, qualities, quantities, or whatever else you and I could think of about people. 


Appreciation doesn’t have to be earned; it just has to be given.  Appreciation shouldn’t be a reward; it should be a free gift.   


I believe God appreciated you and me long before He made us.  His appreciation for us is great (after all, He’s a great God – see 2 Chronicles 2:5 and Psalm 48:1; 135:5) and is noticeably and visually expressed in the love He showed us when he sacrificed His Son for us, that is still being shown at this very moment. 


I can only validate my assessment by this hopefully familiar Scripture: “For God so loved (greatly appreciated and desperately cared for) the world (all mankind), that He gave (released as a sacrifice) His only begotten (unique) Son, that whoever (pertaining to all and limited to none) believes (trusts completely) in Him should not perish (die spiritually for all eternity), but have (freely obtain and receive) everlasting (lasting for ever) life.” (John 3:16 – New King James Version, explanations: mine)


The defense rests, your Honor.  The evidence shows that we all are appreciated by God to a degree we can’t fathom, figure out or measure. 


I motion that we show our appreciation to Him, by giving and showing appreciation to, and for, each other


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