Thursday, November 17, 2011

Give Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart.

Give thanks to the Holy One.

Give thanks because He's given

Jesus Christ, His Son.

And now let the weak say I am strong.
Let the poor say I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us.

Give thanks.


Those words penned by Christian singer/songwriter Don Moen always come to my mind during this Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season as I reflect on the many reasons I have to give thanks and be grateful. As Christians, we are called to be a grateful people, and we have much for which we should daily give thanks.

A story on gratitude I found this past week in Christianity Today caught my eye. It was titled "The Blessings of Gratitude: Why Jesus commands us to be thankful." The writer Stan Guthrie reports that with unemployment numbers high, he would have expected people who had jobs would be grateful for their jobs at Thanksgiving. But he notes that a Gallup poll indicated that 75 percent of the workforce was, as he put it, "phoning it in" and 55 percent were emotionally detached or "disengaged" from their work. How sad.

Here at LETU we teach that our work is a holy calling with eternal impact. I believe that. Our goal is to equip ourselves and our students to close the gap between Sundays and Mondays, and to follow Christ and reflect him in our workplaces whether we are typing letters, answering phones, teaching students, raking leaves, or doing any multitude of daily activities. Our work matters to God.

Bill Peel, our executive director for LETU's new Center for Faith and Work, and his wife, Kathy, recently joined us in Longview where Bill spoke to our President's Advisory Council about the initiatives of this new center. If you haven't taken the time to look at the new website for the CFW, I invite you to see it here now.

During Bill's presentation he shared a fun and creative video about Work as Worship that reminds us that when we do our jobs with integrity, excellence and diligence, using the skills that God has given us, then our work is an act of worship. I hope you enjoy it. You can see it here.

On another note, a task force chaired by the Provost's office recently began meeting to discuss LETU's Emergency Response (including notification) and Evacuation Procedures on campus in the event of any crisis. Representatives of the Abbott Center and GAPS are included to address their special concerns. If you have a specific concern you would like addressed, I invite you to share it at letournews@letu.edu.