“Have to” or “Get to”

Daily Devotional

By Jon Gordon
This week’s topic: Giving Thanks[1][2]

Have to or Get to? Who knew that two simple words could change one’s mindset, perspective and approach to work and life? Just two words have the potential to enhance joy, productivity, performance and change a complaining voice to thankful heart.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

So often we say things like, “I have to take the kids to practice.” “I have to go to this meeting.” “I have to finish this project.” “I have to go to work today.” “I have to take care of this customer.” “I have to share this new information with my team.” Etc.

We act as if we don’t have a choice. As if we are imprisoned by a paycheck and the expectations of a world that forces us to do things we don’t want to do. But in reality we do have a choice. We can choose our attitude and our actions. We can choose how we view our life and work. We can realize that every day is a gift.

It’s not about what we have to do. It’s about what we get to do.

We get to drive in traffic while so many don’t even have a car. We get to go to a job while so many are unemployed. We get to raise our children, even if they drive us nuts at times. 🙂 We get to interact with our employees and customers and make a difference in their life. We get to use the gifts and talents that God gave us for a cause that is greater than ourselves (His glory). We get to work on projects, answer phone calls, serve customers, participate in meetings, design, create, share, sell, lead and suit up every day for the game of life.

Yes there will be challenges and life isn’t easy but each day we wake up we get another opportunity to make today better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today. We get to uplift, inspire, encourage, and impact others. We get to live this life. We get to Give Thanks in all that we do.

As we close today, think on this verse from Colossians 3:17. Realize how a simple shift in words can help us apply God’s word to our lives. Let’s make the most of it by remembering that life is a gift from God, not an obligation.

Scripture of the Day: And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17

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Jon Gordon

Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams. http://www.jongordon.com[3]

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