I have to confess – sometimes I am not thankful for what I have been given. At other times, I am full of thanks, but I am not actually giving thanks.
What if every day this week I actually take some part of everyday and exercise an attitude of gratitude – not only for family, but also for work? Maybe you would like to join me in a 7-day experiment?
No matter what our circumstances – unemployed or misemployed or happily employed – let’s seek people, places or things every day for which we can give thanks. Just as a though-starter for each day, here are 7 days of thanks giving devotional tips.
Tuesday – President Abraham Lincoln Proclaimed …
“I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States … to set apart and observe a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens … announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord … It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.” (Issued October 3, 1863 and passed by an Act of Congress)
Wednesday – Send Thanksgiving Notes
… to everyone for whom you are thankful – your current or former boss and coworkers, your customers and suppliers, your friends and your family – whoever brings a smile to your face when you bring their name to your mind. It can be a simple message – like the one in a letter written by the Apostle Paul to his friends in a church in Phillipi, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all.” (Philippians 1:3-4)
Thursday – Give Thanks for America – the Blessed
God seems to have favored our country even in the midst of our wayward ways. As you prepare for Thanksgiving Day, offer your thanks to God as you pray for us to be good stewards of what God has given each of us.
Friday – “How do I love my work?”
“Let me count the ways.” Whether your work is to look for work or do your job, there is no better time than now – grab a piece of paper and start the list. Carry it with you all day, every day for the next week. Every time you think of something positive about your work, job or career, add to the list. Review your list and consider “… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Saturday – Say “Thanks” by Giving Back
What! Work on Saturday? For free? Saturdays are great days to volunteer for service to others. It’s a great way to show your thanksgiving by giving yourself to others and their needs. But it’s not too late. Do something with or through your church, join or start a Crossroads Career ministry team, or checkout Volunteer Match. “’I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Sunday – Ultimate Thanks for the Ultimate Giving
Jesus gave thanks for His job to die and rise up again, paying the penalty for our sins and bringing glory to His Father. “And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.’” (Matthew 26:27-28) Amen and thank You God!
Monday – “Thank God it’s Monday!”
It’s a new day, a new week. How much better would it be that we thank God for all the days of the week? Even when something or someone seems somewhat bad, thank God anyway because “we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Whatever happens this week – good, bad or ugly – in everything give thanks.
Finally, please come to our prayer wall to give thanks and praise for what God has done for and with you through your career crossing.
Blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving!
Brian Ray, Founder
Crossroads Career Network