Tuesday, January 20, 2009

God knows what we need when we need it and God always provides what is best for us in His perfect time to bring Himself the greatest glory. (That's a mouthful.) At any rate, this morning, I received one of those emails from an individual in our church. The email expressed a sincere gratitude for Elizabeth and I and our service at the church.

Not that Elizabeth and I are anything special (and believe me, we're definitely not!), but the email was very timely, needed, and rejuvenating. It is amazing what a little note will do to your pastor. This is God's Word fleshed out:

1 Thessalonians 5:12-14 12 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. 14 We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

So, all this to say that (1) God is good; (2) I am encouraged, refreshed, and rejuvenated; (3) I exhort you to take some time today--or this week--to write a letter to your pastor(s) and express your gratitude for them, their faithfulness, their Christlikeness, and their pursuing holiness (as we all are!).

Praise God for His strength given to us in our times of weakness.


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