How to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

Jun 8, 2017, Written by Shannon Farris

“Thank you” is one of the most common phrases used daily. Whether it is mumbled as someone opens the door for you or used to sign off at the end an email, we say it all the time. This phrase has become so habitual that often times we don’t realize we are saying it. What I have been convicted of and learning recently is that giving thanks and showing gratitude should not just be a passing phrase we say, but it should be an attitude.

As a business owner, the Lord has given you some type of passion, dream, or a vision. He has given you the ability and resources to create this business that you develop and care for. In the midst of the mundane and busyness it is so easy to get caught up in our tasks that we forget to thank those around us, and most importantly to thank God for what He has blessed us with.

Be Thankful at all Times

It is so easy to thank God when you win that big deal or you find the perfect employee. While it is important and necessary to give thanks when The Lord is growing your business, it should also be given during your droughts and failures. We must remember that the Lord is gracious and good even when nothing seems to be going right. The hardships are the most difficult time to be grateful toward God, but those are the moments that will refine you and your business.

Here are a few reminders in Scripture of how we can thank God and praise him for the work He has done in and through us:

  • Psalm 9:1 “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
  • Psalm 106:1 “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good his love endures forever.”

Make Thankfulness a Mindset

The Lord has His hand over your business and in the midst of your success or failures, He is still sovereign. Begin your day with a heart of gratitude toward the Lord and others, even if it is giving thanks for the small things. Remember to thank Him for where he has brought you and your business and where He is leading you next. When you shift your heart to one of thankfulness and gratitude, the reflection of Christ will be more evident in you and your business.

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Shannon Farris

Shannon graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies in December of 2015. She began working full time at Crossroads in October of 2016. She is excited to be a part of a team who builds their foundation on Christ and desires that to be seen first in everything they do.

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