The Gift of Thanks

Thanksgiving week is finally upon us! I don’t know about you all, but I’ve been more ready for Thanksgiving to arrive this year than most.  Perhaps it’s because I’m just really looking forward to some quality time with my family (or maybe I’m just really ready for a short week and a holiday…it’s probably a good mix of both). 🙂

Like most of you have probably also been doing these past weeks, I’ve been giving more attention and thought to the things that I am thankful for.

As leaders, top on our list are often the people whom God has brought into our lives and surrounded us with, for without them we wouldn’t be able to do that which we are so passionate about.  For me at least, this is absolutely true.  As one who raises her own support to be able to do what God has called me to, I literally could not do what I do without the people God has placed in my life, some of whom I’ve never actually even met.  To be honest, it’s a little overwhelming for me to stop and think about all that I am thankful for because the list is truly endless, I mean, ENDLESS!  And the list of people is the longest, but do they know that?…

I had a boss once who periodically would leave me notes of appreciation.  Often she would stay at the office later than I would, and when I would arrive early the next morning, the note of thanks would be on my desk.  It was never for a special project or anything, it was simply for the job that I did for her day in and day out.  My initial thought was always, “I’m just doing my job, you don’t have to thank me.”  But deep down inside, it reminded me that even though I was “just doing my job,” I knew that she knew she couldn’t do her job without me supporting her, and she genuinely appreciated me for that.  Then on “Secretary Appreciation Day” (or something un-PC like that), she had the MOST beautiful and unique arrangement of flowers delivered to my desk.  I couldn’t believe it.  No one had ever done that for me before, especially for doing something I deemed as fairly simple and very ordinary.  It was years ago and I still have the vase because it’s my favorite one.

To give thanks is a gift.  As leaders, showing appreciation has to be a top priority.  We know that we literally could not do what we do without others helping to support us.  But do they know that?  You and I are surrounded by people who enable us to do and be what God has purposed for us.  Have you given thanks lately?

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