When we think of Thanksgiving, we often think about the “thanks” part. But today, I was thinking about the “giving” part. You see, when we are thankful, it’s usually about “us” and what has been given to “us”. When we give, it is about the other person.
I am so incredibly thankful for the people in my life – my family, friends, and business associates. But I need to ask myself often, “How can I give more to these people who mean so much to me?”
We talked about servant leadership recently on a Leadership Insight show, and I was inspired to seek more how to serve.
I see a lot of THANKFUL LISTS surfacing on social networks these days, but here’s my challenge for you.
What’s on your GIVING LIST?
Here’s a start. Reply via the link with yours as well.
Give Thanks – Be thankful for the people in your life. They are more important than you will ever know. And don’t just be thankful, tell them! That’s the “give” factor here. A person needs to know that his or her life matters to someone. Be that someone who tells them it does.
Give Credit – You know the old saying: “Give credit to whom credit is due.” Always, always, always give credit to those who do something outstanding. Let them share in the success they have made possible for you.
Give Time – Maybe you don’t have much money this time of year, but you can give your time to meet a need. Volunteer at a shelter, listen to the needs of a friend, read a book to your grandchild, spend some time with a troubled teen. A little time from you could change someone’s life forever.
Give Encouragement – Let’s face it, there are folks going through trials right now. In our area, it’s the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy now colliding with winter and the holiday season. For many, it’s unemployment or major health issues. People need encouragement – give it, and you may just find you are encouraged as well.
Give Mercy – As leaders, we know that people make mistakes. Unless it is a pattern of behavior (which is a different issue), lend mercy. Who knows, you may need a little mercy yourself someday.
What’s on YOUR Giving List?
Go…be a servant leader and GIVE.