In this week in which Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, it seems an appropriate time to review the importance of giving thanks as a servant leader.

We have often talked about the importance of being intentional about recognizing people. In this digital age, one of the most meaningful ways to show gratitude and thanks to someone is to send them a hand-written note of thanks and appreciation.

Last week a friend mentioned to me that his absolute favorite thing to receive in the mail is a hand-written thank you note. In fact it drives him to be that much more intentional about looking for ways to make a positive impact on people.

I know every time I take the time to write out a hand-written thank you note to someone, I put more thought into it and make it more relevant, than if I would just quickly whip out an email of thanks. Not that an email thank-you is bad, just that hand written notes are on a different level of appreciation due to the time and effort that it takes to do so.

So I would challenge you in this week of Thanksgiving that you think about who you might drop a thank you note to for the impact that they have had on your life. Or something just as simple as “Thanks for being my friend!”

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, all of the loyal readers of my weekly blog. Even though I am doing it digitally, please take it as sincere as a hand-written note. I am inspired by your thoughtful comments both on the blog site, as well as directly back to me via email. I love it when I hear that a certain topic hit you just right that week. I so appreciate all of your hearts for servant leadership and your desire to make a positive impact within your sphere of influence and the world. You are making a huge difference in my life, inspiring me to stay sharp and provide useful information on servant leadership. Thanks for being my friends! 

I wish you the sincerest Happy Thanksgiving with your friends and family!



Psalm 103

1 Praise the Lord, my soul;

all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

2 Praise the Lord, my soul,

and forget not all his benefits—

3 who forgives all your sins

and heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit

and crowns you with love and compassion,

5 who satisfies your desires with good things

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.