This past month my church made a conscious decision to celebrate the service my husband and I have provided to them the last 13 years. Every week there was another special surprise waiting for us. It was such a breath of life for us. While we serve God with our hearts and look only to Him for approval, it is discouraging when the people you serve take and never give back. It can hurt to have people unappreciative for the many sacrifices you make to give them support or even resources. I did not experience that discouragement this month. This month, I was loved on, catered to, looked after and recognized for the love I poured out. My church family poured back into our family this month. They fed us, looked after us, acknowledged us, prayed for us, and told us they were there for us! To me, we have the best church family in the whole wide world!
The bible says to esteem others higher than yourself. They did that to us. The bible tells believers to give their pastors double honor. In a day when pastors are disrespected and made fun of, they honored us triple. Words can't communicate the appreciation I have for the people God sent to our church who value honor. Everyone is not mindful of this and as servants of God, it's not easy to communicate the need and the obedience for this kind of honor. So today, I celebrate the leaders and the members who made honoring us in word and deed a priority this month. We love and appreciate you! Your deeds gave us new breath for life and service in this coming season. Now that God used you all to strengthen us and renew our faith... We've got work to do.... So pull up those sleeves and put on those boots... We are going to the trenches and we're going with you! Love you!!
Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” 2 Timothy 5:17-18