By Darren Lim, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional.
How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”Isaiah 52:7
This week I was reminded through conversations with several people at work that loneliness is very real and very challenging for people in our current environment. Even people who don’t appear to be in a situation where they should feel or experience loneliness can easily experience the sadness that comes with this state of mind and soul.
One thing I’m trying to do more in my workplace is to take every opportunity to show people that they are important and appreciated. Notes of thanks and gratitude might be a simple gesture, but it has helped to make people realise that they are seen and valued.
We have to show gratitude to people around us, not necessarily because of what they have done but because of who we are as people who are loved by God. A grateful heart sees each day as a gift. It takes an outlook that focuses on what we are thankful for, rather than what is causing us burden and struggle.
Each day I have a chance to influence someone in a positive way – to show gratitude and thankfulness for what I’ve been given rather than what I feel I’ve earned. It is these small examples that I can set, which demonstrate the spirit of God living through me. In time perhaps these will become the catalyst that opens up a conversation about who God can be to my co-workers, friends and all those who don’t yet know him.
To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments. To rehearse God’s accomplishments is to discover his heart. To discover his heart is to discover not just good gifts but the Good Giver. Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. It does to anxiety what the morning sun does to valley mist. It burns it up.Max Lucado