Let’s be honest, Thanksgiving with family can sometimes be hard.
And in a lot of ways, the workplace can be very similar to a Thanksgiving experience – a place filled with imperfect people who have differing opinions and beliefs. The only difference is that they share a conference table instead of a dinner table.
Hostility, pride and brokenness are a few things that plague even the greatest of workplaces. However, the Bible makes it very clear that God calls us to take a higher approach when it comes to facing these types of scenarios. (1 Pet. 2:21-25)
As my pastor shared this Sunday, the Bible shows that when Jesus changes your life, he changes your relationships as well. That’s why I truly believe that showing outrageous gratitude and love at work can be a major game-changer.
Here are a few ways you can take outrageous gratitude and love to work.
- Work praisefully: Showing praise to your co-workers and leaders is one of the best ways to show gratitude at work. A simple text, email can go a long way as well as public praise and recognition. (Philippians 2:1)
- Work lovingly: Can you imagine what your workplace would look like if everyone tried to outdo one another in behaviors like patience, kindness, humility, honesty, perseverance and trust? It’s possible you could enrich the bottom line and produce motivated and loyal employees. (1 Pet. 1:22)
- Work humbly: When it comes to crediting ideas and even co-worker rivalry, it’s easy to get into a ‘me first’ mentality. Putting others’ interests before your own is a powerful way to recognize where our true strength and confidence belongs, the Lord. (1 Peter 3:9)
- Work compassionately: Whether it’s through an email, business decision or review process, it can be really difficult to let go of grudges against co-workers who either intentionally or unintentionally say or do hurtful things. At times it certainly can seem easier to hold onto the burn rather than feel deep compassion toward to them. However, God commands us to be kindhearted and compassionate toward even the most difficult of co-workers. (Matthew 9:36)
- Work prayerfully: Pray for your work, team, clients and more. Here’s how.
- Work harmoniously: Harmony means to be unified, but unity does not mean uniformity and it does not mean we should expect everyone to think and behave the same way we do. Instead, it means we should make every effort to avoid division in our relationships at work. . (1 Peter 3:8)
What about you? Are you ready to show outrageous gratitude and love at work?