Gratefulness

(Originally written November 2003)

Have you developed an attitude of gratefulness to God and to those around you? As leaders in the workplace, even the least of us is blessed beyond measure. The children of Israel were about to cross the Jordan after wandering for forty years in the desert. Listen to the warning they were given in Deuteronomy, “After a meal, satisfied, bless God, your God, for the good land (business) that He has given you. Make sure that you don’t forget God…that when you eat and are satisfied, build pleasant homes and settle in, see your herds and flocks flourish and more and more money come in, watch your standard of living going up and up – make sure that you don’t becomes so full of yourself and your things that you forget God, your God.”

You may say that this has been a “tough couple of years” in your workplace. I can identify with you on that, but, even in our worst days, we live better than 98% of the people in the world. The Psalmist reminds us, “What a beautiful thing, God, to give thanks.” And he exhorts us, “So thank God for His marvelous love…offer thanksgiving sacrifices, tell the world what He’s done – sing it out!”

Paul challenges us to “cultivate thankfulness” 4 and remember that “everything that God created is good, and to be received with thanks.” Paul exhibited this attitude of gratefulness to God and others in his letters – “I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God”; “Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God”; “We can’t quit thanking God our Father and Jesus our Messiah for you”; “Every time we think of you, we thank God for you.” “Thanking God over and over for you is not only a pleasure; it is a must.” This hard-charging, driven, and goal-oriented apostle paused to be thankful to God and others.

Are you continually expressing thanks to God, your spouse, your co-workers, your customers, your vendors, and your associates? Do you struggle as I do with anger, discontent, and the burdens of responsibility? Are you neglecting to smell the roses and thank the people along the way? Are you grateful to God for your health, your family, your church, your business, your friends, and fellow members of the body of Christ? Are you thankful for the physical, financial, and emotional blessings of this year?

In the ministry that I serve, I am grateful for our courageous staff, the vision and tools that God has given us, the leaders from new cities, partners, and alliances from other parts of the body of Christ, opportunities to equip leaders in other nations, volunteers to assist us in training, prayer, and traveling overseas, and the opportunity to join His Spirit in the growing workplace movement.

I thank God for the support, encouragement, and involvement of other Christian business leaders from around the globe. I join Paul in saying; “Every time I say your name in prayer – which is practically all the time – I thank God for you.” 11. May this week allow you a time to pause and give thanks to God for His exceeding blessings.

Full of gratefulness,

Kent Humphreys

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

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