Our pastors and leaders give of themselves day in and day out. This past year has been no different, except for the addition of having to navigate the uncharted waters of a post-pandemic reality.
In fact, some of the giving that our leaders carry out may seem like a never-ending cycle of “doing” without any moment to rest.
One simple and godly way, however, that our leaders can regain a sense of ministry purpose is to develop a rhythm of gratitude.
Practicing gratitude, from a physiological perspective, actually increases dopamine in our brain—the stuff that makes us feel good—and we tend to continually seek out more of the same. So, scientifically speaking, the more we practice gratitude, the more we will find things to be grateful for.
Paul, to the church in Thessalonica, said, ”Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Not only are their emotional and biological benefits to practicing gratitude, but it is also God’s will that we live with a thankful spirit. It is God’s desire that we choose gratitude, rather than being identified as being a complainer.
In this season, let us all find extra ways to express gratitude toward our leaders and, in turn, our prayer is that our leaders also walk in a spirit of thankfulness that will send them on a path toward healthiness.
Dear Lord, thank You for life. Thank You for blessing us abundantly. Thank You for Your peace. We pray that our pastors and leaders will continually find ways to live in gratitude. May they walk in Your blessings and be renewed by Your presence.
Pray with us, for our leaders, in this season of gratitude.