What happens when we view our work as a good thing from God? When you count your blessings, do you include your work? This podcast is an exploration of how work is part of the abundance in our lives. Also, join us in the challenge at the end of the podcast to list your gifts during this Thanksgiving and Advent season.
Abundance can come in many ways.
Our work becomes more satisfying when we move from a “have to” to a “get to” mindset. We focus on what we’re grateful for in our work.
- People we work with or serve.
- Products or Outcomes of our work.
- Part of our job we enjoy doing.
What do you take pleasure in within your work? Identifying these things fuels our gratitude. It becomes an upward gratitude spiral. We can even see more clearly how our work contributes to what God is doing in the world.
Establish a Practice of Gratitude:
Write down three things daily that you’re grateful for. Make the time to do this at a specific time each day – early morning, evening before bed, whatever works for you. Create a journal of this practice. Doing this brings a perspective shift. As you focus on blessings, you have a mindset of gratitude. What you focus on you see more of in your life.
Our mindset changes when we thank God!
Gratitude makes us feel more joyful. When we’re more joyful, we can be more productive.
Here’s the crazy thing I did at the end of the podcast:
We issued a Gratitude Challenge: Ann Voskamp wrote a book “1000 Gifts”, a reflection on the many things, large and small, she is grateful for. We’re issuing a similar challenge to our readers: How many gifts can you write down during the Advent season, the season of anticipation of our Savior’s birth? On December 24, 25 or 26, send an email with your list to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how many gifts you’ve come up with. We’ll interview the person who listed the most gifts on a future podcast.
1,000 Gifts, by Ann Voskamp