“Thanks so much for the phone call the other day. I’ve actually never had a pastor call me before.”
Have you ever received a word of thanks from out of the blue? The statement above came from a young lady who’s fairly new to our church. I wasn’t expecting it, and the context definitely was not something I felt deserving of gratitude. It was a simple follow up call. But to her…it was meaningful.
I was reading one of Michael Hyatt’s blog posts today on the advantages of being grateful and it got me thinking. Some of the most influential leaders in my life over the years have exhibited grateful hearts.
– It was easy to observe their gratefulness for the blessings in their life.
– They would constantly say ‘Thank you’ to those serving around them, especially in the Church.
In addition to the great points that Michael Hyatt makes, showing and verbalizing gratitude also rubs off on others. This can be referred to as one aspect of discipleship. Other circles might call it Leadership Development.
“Expressed gratitude helps attract and produce great leaders.”
Think back. When was the last time someone you look up to or admire complimented or thanked you? (hopefully it hasn’t been too long ago) Do you remember how it made you feel? I’m guessing appreciation, honor, respect, and value are some feelings that resulted. So this week, say ‘Thank You’ to someone….anyone. Try to do this once a day. You might be surprised at the results.
Question: Who or what are you thankful for when you really take time to think about it? Leave a comment below.
Be sure to check out Part 2 and Part 3 of this topic.