Gratitude & Listening

Gratitude is a powerful trait or skill that we each can cultivate. The Bible is filled with verses that speak about gratitude, such as these from Proverbs that bring out the polarities we so often can experience:

Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
          Proverbs 12:25 (ESV)

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
          Proverbs 17: 22 (ESV)

I’ve learned over the course of my life and practice to pay attention to those who have made gratitude a part of their way of life. One of those unique people is Mary Thompson, former Director of Nurses Christian Fellowship. Mary has taught me so much about ministry, faith, and what it means to walk daily in relationship with Jesus Christ.

Through some significant health problems, Mary has continued to express gratitude:  gratitude for prayers that have been lifted up for her, for God’s continuing presence in her life, and for the healthcare team who has supported her in her recovery (and with whom she has shared about the ministry of NCF).

You share. I’ll listen.

Mary has a way of making others feel safe. She invites conversation. A nurse group leader who was part of a call with Mary communicated something simple Mary had said that profoundly affected her: “You share. I’ll listen.” This statement reflects our practice as students, nurses, and educators.

Mary invites others to share their story. And she listens … truly listens. How many times would this approach to our students, patients, or colleagues make a significant impact on how we relate to one another? It reflects the priority of relationship and reminds us that our stories have value and worth.

Christy Secor, DNP, RN, CDWF, is NCF’s Professional Ministries Director. She is skilled and enthusiastic about creating connections to foster relationships among nurses, providing support and strength for serving God in nursing.

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