“To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers” (2 Timothy 1:2-3)
Thank the Lord for past leaders who proclaimed a day of thanksgiving to God for His blessings and provisions. Men and women worth following are not afraid to publicly profess their dependency on almighty God. Political correctness is not a part of their persona because they are more concerned about pleasing Jesus than people.
Am I a leader who models thanksgiving to God for my associates? Are others drawn to my appreciation for them, or am I avoided for fear of my ungrateful attitude? Thankfulness is infectious and encouraging. Grateful leaders have the potential for greatness, while those stuck in an unappreciative mindset muddle through mediocrity.
“I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus” (Philemon 1:4-5).
At work and home it is more than words of affirmation and appreciation – though this is a good start. A community of thankful people creates a cultures of gratitude. There is not a day that goes by that God is not thanked for food to eat, a place to work, or air to breathe. Children observe mom and dad, modeling what they see and hear. Is your home full of thanksgiving to Jesus and for each other? Is your family infected with grateful hearts?
Perhaps you write a note of thanksgiving to your spouse for his or her unwavering love for you and your children. Pen a poem of gratitude to your children for their unique gift to your family. Thank your parents for their patient love. E-mail or call a friend and express thanks for his or her loyal friendship. Mostly, get on your knees and thank your heavenly Father.
Thankful leaders learn the power of grateful prayers. They approach heaven with sincere supplications full of thanksgiving and praise to God for sending His Son Jesus to save them from their sins. Prayers of thanksgiving are light on personal petitions and heavy on gratitude to God for the faith of family and friends. Be a thankful leader, and watch Christ grow an army of thankful followers. Grateful leaders show appreciation above and below.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire'” (Hebrews 12:28-29)
-Boyd Bailey, Seeking Daily The Heart Of God, Volume II, p. 347
I highly recommend both volumes of Boyd Bailey’s Seeking Daily the Heart of God devotional books. Check them out, I believe Christ will bless you through these devotional books.
Are you a thankful leader who inspires gratitude in those you serve and influence? Give me your thoughts in the comments below.