Thursday, May 9, 2013
It indeed is more blessed to give than receive!
My family has been on the receiving end of much generosity.
During the economic down turn, when Real Estate was not necessarily booming, times were tight and we needed to make adjustments.
The simple purchases were not so simple.
Everything became a calculated decision.
Counting each item at the Dollar Tree and praying I didn't lose count when someone started to strike up a conversation.
I've been blessed to have Women's Retreats paid for anonymously.
I've had $ dropped in my mailbox.
Groceries have showed up with smiling faces.
I have been blessed by the faces,
AND by the mystery of the unknown faces.
God worked in my heart through both.
And in my kids.
They got to see the church being the hands and feet of God.
It became more real when people 'showed up'.
I was recently conflicted whether to give our Pastor a gift in secret, and just have the Dealership make the call. Yet, when so many folks emailed us saying they wanted to be part of this celebration and wanted to see a video...
we felt we didn't want to rob others of the experience.
To see God in action...through his people.
I believe there is a time and place for both.
(not sure if I have a handle on when exactly)
One thing I know for sure, is that God has given our Pastor as a gift to us.
And our gift back to him pales in comparison to the countless hours he has poured into us over the last decade we have been attending our Church.
He studies hard.
Stays up late.
Gets up early.
Spends hours of studying in isolation while many of us do whatever it is that we do.
He misses family time to minister to those in need.
He visits hospitals.
Counsels the hurting.
Listens to LOTS of feedback. (Good and bad ;)
And with all that, he tries to maintain a balanced life...
The rest of us.
Lets honor the man where honor is due.
Lets honor Sue for being the supportive wife that she is that allows Pastor Dave to be so instrumental in all of our lives.
I am thankful for this family for their service to my family and countless others.
1 Timothy 5:17 "The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching."
Hebrews 13:17 "Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you."