“As a result of your ministry, men will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. “
2 Corinthians 9:13-14
It is so easy to be so laser focused on getting each Service completed without issues that we sometimes miss that most important aspect of the entire gathering, people.
Whether it is the volunteers who clean, the production team or the hospitality team , it is so important to consistently show gratitude to the entire group and individuals whenever possible.
Each volunteer has a story; and for many of the volunteers, the story includes significant sacrifices that have been made to be able to serve. While we may not always know the details of each person’s story, we can always choose to show them gratitude for taking the time to serve.
Showing gratitude should not be reserved for team leaders or the Pastors/Priests, each person can and should take time to thank the people next to them for showing up and giving their time and talents to serve others and ultimately, God.
The spirit of gratitude can be infections when it is genuinely displayed to others. It can bring new energy to the volunteers who are physically, emotionally or spiritually drained. It can bring encouragement to the volunteers who may be experiencing hardship or pain in their lives. It can draw in other congregants who may not have previously considered becoming volunteers. Finally, giving genuine gratitude releases blessing to the person who is the giver.
Christ demonstrated the spirit of gratitude and love in so many ways to all of us. Gratitude should be our constant posture.
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor”
No matter what your role is within your organization, don’t wait to show gratitude annually or just once in a while. Exercise the love muscle required to give gratitude on a regular basis. Like any other workout, the more you do it, the stronger you get in that area.
Gratitude brings joy to others but ultimately, I like to believe that it brings a big smile to our Heavenly Father when we show appreciation to each other.
Let love, kindness and gratitude be the central focus of each Service/Event.