What happens when we view our work as a good thing from God? When you count your blessings, do you include your work? I believe work is part of the abundance in our lives. Abundance can come in many ways. Work is certainly part of it.
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 special journal of this practice. Doing this brings a perspective shift. As you focus on blessings, you have a mindset of gratitude. You see more of what you focus on 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, and I want to invite you to join us:
Join the 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.
Bold & Courageous Leader Podcast Episode 24: Gratitude…..Abundance…..and Work