The Habit of Gratitude

While the habit of gratitude is basic, it is one of the most important concepts in this book. Without appreciation and gratitude, the kingdom culture will FLOP...

While the habit of gratitude is basic, it is one of the most important concepts in my book, "Kingdom Culture." Without appreciation and gratitude, the kingdom culture will FLOP. If you lead an organization, ask yourself how often or how well you and your team express value and appreciation to those who make the organization work.

Yesterday, Ruthie and I had the wonderful privilege of having some one-on-one time with the author of some of my favorite books, Bruce Main. The first book I read of his was, "Why Jesus Crossed the Road." In it, Main injected the heart of God into my spirit like few books ever have or probably ever will. Bruce Main founded Urban Promise, a ministry in the city of Camden, NJ. Unfortunately, Camden is ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the US, with crime rates massively higher than other cities. Urban Promise hosts hundreds of volunteers and interns each year. Young adults come from all over the country to give a portion of their life, sacrificing career pursuits and financial gain, to give to the children of Camden.

When we arrived at Urban Promise headquarters, I introduced myself to Bruce Main as The Main Bruce, to which I got no response. This was probably an old, overused, dead humor line to him. Nonetheless, I laughed inside myself at my own joke. Then we sat in Main’s office, while he answered our questions and told us stories tucked away in the archives of the ministry. After our chat-time, Bruce took us around the school and explained that day was the first of their seven-week Bible camp. They were hosting Bible camp in nine locations around Camden. Hundreds of young people were a part of the camp. Our tour was interrupted several times because Bruce could hardly walk by someone without extending a warm greeting and telling Ruthie and me, in front of them, what they do and how well they do it. Ruthie and I chatted with interns, staff, and witnessed the success of the ministry. One such man was teaching young children. He had come up through the program. The ministry assisted him in getting his college degree, and now he was in the giving seat. Several of his family members are in prison. I sensed something real, as I listened and questioned a few of the staff. I sensed that Urban Promise is a kingdom culture that practices the habit of gratitude.

I am not into fluffy flattery, but nothing generates life in a kingdom culture more than gratitude. The definition of gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Practice the habit of lavish gratitude in your culture. Again, I am not talking about cheap, formal fluff—but honest affirmation of others who are contributing to your culture, from your children and wife at home, to your boss—give honor and gratitude where it is due.

This blog post is an excerpt of my new book, “Kingdom Culture.” Grab your copy today on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946466158/) or from my publisher (http://www.certapublishing.com/KingdomCulture).

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