The question is unavoidable this time of year: “What are you thankful for?” While it may seem routine at times, something wonderful happens when we really stop to think about it. We become thankful.
While this year has been marked with challenges, I am overwhelmed with gratitude when I reflect on the blessings in my work and ministry. Here are just a few that come to mind:
- I have the privilege of working with people who live out their faith in the workplace. I see this often in the way they care for one another. They are thoughtful, paying attention to each other’s needs. When one is walking through difficulties, the others rally around with cards of encouragement, meals, and prayer. This is truly a beautiful thing to see in the workplace.
- I am honored to work with so many ministries that are making a huge impact for the kingdom. They are a joy to work with, even when we can’t give them everything they want. As much as we want to say “yes” to every request, there are times we are unable—and yet ministries respond graciously. When they could choose to be angry or difficult, instead they give a blessing.
- And I am thankful for a board of directors who volunteer amazing amounts of time, hundreds of hours a year, without pay. They carry a big responsibility and burden, and they do it because they care about the ministry of ECCU. I am deeply thankful.
What blessings do you see in your ministry? What are you thankful for?