May your hearts always be filled with gratitude.
Reflection, remembrance, consideration, and gratitude are words all leaders should know.
1) Now is the best opportunity to reflect on how we started, where we are now, and what steps brought us here.
2) While reflecting on our accomplishments, remember that God placed us in this position at this time. Let us be faithful.
3) We need to consider the lessons learned. We should also consider those involved in helping us reach this point.
4) Of all the steps, none holds more significance than gratitude. We need a thankful heart that expresses an understanding that where we are is because God has placed us here. Let us honor Him!
Throughout Psalms we find the phrase “with all my heart.”
The Psalmist identifies several key thoughts connected to this phrase.
The most common thought is that of giving thanks. Imagine the power of leadership involved in giving thanks with all their heart.
The second thought is about seeking the Lord. Spiritual leaders cannot be effective without a drive to seek a relationship with the Lord.
The third thought involves observing God’s law or word. Again, the very foundation of leadership must be based on God’s word.
With all my heart is a study worth applying.
Optimism includes hope and confidence about the future or successful outcome of something.
The negative nature of life’s experiences can hinder optimistic leadership, but here are a few suggestions to lead with optimism.
1) Remember, not everyone is against you.
2) Stop trying to live in or change the past, you cannot.
3) Be surrounded by optimistic people who cast a vision of hope.
4) Be realistic about personal expectations.
5) Accept who you are as a person.
6) Express gratitude for what you have physically and spiritually.
7) Reflect more often on the positive areas of life.
Try being optimistic and see how contagious it becomes.
Two of the most unused, yet needed and powerful words, are “thank you,” but why should leaders be thankful.
Leaders should express gratitude because…
1) God placed them in this position to glorify Him.
2) The opportunity to influence others for Jesus is the greatest work on earth.
3) Hope is the message provided through godly leaders.
4) Others trust leaders to show them the way.
5) Leadership makes a difference on an eternal scale.
Leaders must recognize why they should be thankful as much as the action of showing gratitude.
Our God is great who has given us leaders!
Families and friends will soon gather to enjoy Thanksgiving.
We would all agree with the need to express our gratitude daily.
The God-given responsibility of leading can be a heavy burden, but the rewards are rich in eternal blessings.
A few are listed below.
An incredible God who created us, loved us, and was willing to die for us.
A wonderful opportunity to work with the greatest people on earth.
The generosity of trust from faithful brethren who make our work possible.
Abundant physical and spiritual blessings.
A perfect Word that provides direction, strength, hope, and promise.
May leaders always express gratitude.