Today's activity – write down five things for which you are grateful.
Leaders who are gracious have incredible traction with their group and others they come in contact with. Make sure the motive is right… we don't practice graciousness so we can have a great group. But many leaders have a great group because they are gracious!
I will say however, that it is highly unlikely that you are exercising grace in your group if you are not a grateful person yourself. That's why today's activity is focused on what you and I are grateful for. There seems to be a correlation between graciousness and gratefulness (grin). So take a few moments and write your grateful-ness list. Here's mine:
I'm grateful for:
- A God who cares for me through life's struggles, even when I'm not always appreciative and sometimes would rather have a pity party than dwell on how God has blessed me;
- My wonderful wife, and our two great kids;
- God's provision for my earthly needs, plus more than I need;
- A godly heritage passed down from several generations of Mayfield's, Price's, Wilson's, Hickerson's, etc.
- A purpose that keeps me focused so that I don't entirely waste my life.
"…grace and truth came through Jesus Christ"… John 1:17
For a companion blog for pastors called "31 Days to a Better Church", go to http://brettselby.com