I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.PSALM 9:1
Start listening to conversations between friends and coworkers about their work. Are those conversations more characterized by frustration and complaining or celebration and gratitude? For most, we’ll more quickly see and lament what is hard and wrong with our work. The pressure. The out-of-touch manager. The unrealistic goal. The email inbox. The toxic or underperforming coworker.
Over-focusing on these places of brokenness in our work is more than just a glass half empty. It points to both the need and reality that G. K. Chesterton observed: “Gratitude, being nearly the greatest of human duties, is also nearly the most difficult.”
Knowing this about the work of the monks and priests he led, Ignatius of Loyola encouraged gratitude for all life experiences as a foundational Christian practice. In his "Principle and Foundation," he writes: “All the things in this world are gifts of God, presented to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return of love more readily.”
Our work is such a large part of our “with God” life, so it can be a place where we seek to intentionally grow in gratitude.
Brian is the VP of Formation here at DIFW and also leads our 5280 Fellowship program. Prior to landing at DIFW, he served in pastoral ministry for thirteen years and at Denver Seminary for four years. His vocation includes moving ideas out into life through relationships and conversation – whether that applies to God, work, the Church, good beer, or Liverpool Football Club. He married way out of his league, and spends most of his free-time being parented by his two daughters.