I suppose the best way to show appreciation to/for God is to show love to/for God's people and all God made.
I certainly appreciate the beauty of God's world, but I could do more to help care for it. Seems like a pretty good way to show appreciation for this good creation.
I wonder what I would do if God walked in and sat down in my presence. What would you do? Surely we would, at the very least, offer hospitality - a drink, a snack, an invitation to dinner (what would you feed God?).
How would you express your appreciation for God's visit? God's presence (would you be?)? I wonder if we wouldn't be fearful (God knows our thoughts/actions) or start asking questions for our own satisfaction instead of offering hospitality.
But isn't that exactly what happens when someone, anyone, pays us a visit, when we're in the presence of ANY of God's children? We are advised to treat a stranger well for we never know when we're entertaining angels unawares. But each one bears God in his/her body, so the way we treat each and every one is entertaining God unawares, isn't it? How do we show our appreciation for each of God's children, important or lowly? How we we show God hospitality when a stranger pays us a call? Or even our family members and co-workers?
We grow callous to the stranger in our midst and so accustomed to those in our "regular" circles, that we forget the call of God, the desire of God for us to love and appreciate one another.
Show extravagant appreciation to everyone today and see what a difference it makes in everyone's lives.
I'm a wife, mom, pastor, human...probably not in that order. I struggle each day to be faithful to God, to my family and to my call as a Christian and all of those previously-mentioned roles. I pray to be positive, kind and thoughtful, but tend to fall short on all counts. I am inspired by sunrises and enjoy taking pictures (mostly my kids, deer in the yard and sunrises). I waste time playing stupid computer games and wishing I'd been better at all of the aforementioned roles. ;-)