Miles Welch recently delivered a leadership lesson on gratitude that was just incredible. He said “I didn’t think gratitude was all that important in the life of a leader until I began to study Paul this year. Soon, I realized that gratitude is not only the greatest virtue…but is it the parent of all virtues.”
His insights were profound. We normally think of gratitude as an expression. (like saying “thank you”, writing notes, and giving gifts). Gratitude is also an emotion and it comes from our heart. We can experience significant feelings and stirrings towards others in that way. But deeper than all those…gratitude is a disposition. It is a posture towards others that we [can/should] intentionally cultivate.
When he introduced the topic, I honestly thought to myself “I’ve got this gratitude thing figured out.” I smugly patted myself on the back, thinking I might escape being indicted by the lesson. No such luck. Miles soon revealed how big a struggle gratitude can be inside my head and heart.
Here is where he got me. This quote is typed in large bold, red text in my notes:
ALL THE PRESSURE IS ON GOD. LEARN TO TRUST HIM FOR THE DESTINATION AND ENJOY THE JOURNEY MORE.
It is an epic fail in my life. I take on a lot of pressure on myself to deliver because I don’t want to let God down. I don’t want to disappoint Him. I want to please God like a small child who wants to please their father. But, probably not in a healthy way…I’m pretty sure I am trying too hard to “earn” His affirmation.
Thanks Miles. Well done.
(I hope this helps you too!)