When President Abraham Lincoln announced the first Thanksgiving holiday, he wanted Americans to remember the source of their blessings. Even while the U.S. was in the middle of the Civil War, President Lincoln knew that the people had so much to be thankful for. God was still working and blessing his people, even during the war. When making Thanksgiving a holiday in 1863, he said that the year was full of “the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies,” and that “they are gracious gifts of the Most High God.”
Great leadership from a great leader. What about you? In the middle of your passion, hard work, family, pressure, travel, (insert your words here), where does being thankful rank?
My challenge to you today is different. My challenge as you move beyond Thanksgiving, into December and plans for 2016, is to consider how to integrate gratitude into your daily leadership model. Biblical leaders are thankful leaders! It is a part of who they are, how they lead and how they live.
Being a thankful leader helps us be a more:
- optimistic leader
- humble leader
- relational leader
- centered leader
A biblical leader is always going back to the source for guidance. Here are a few thankful scriptures to get you started:
- Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
- We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. 1 Thessalonians 1:2
- Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalms 100:4
- Give thanks to the Lord… Psalms 136:1-26 (worth the read!)
May every one of us who reads these words today be challenged to find ways to make thankfulness a basic part of who we are and how we lead.