I can't remember when the last time we had a sunny day. Maybe it wasn't too long ago but it feels like forever. For all my pastor-friends out there who are in need of a pick-me-up, here's a bit of sky for you. Keep up the good work. It matters what we do and how we choose to live!
|by Shel Silverstein|
|Charles Jefferson pastored the same|
place for 40 years
"It is a consolation for all ministers great or small that no matter where one may find himself, or how difficult or obscure his field, the way is open to follow in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd and to win at last the crown of glory. It was a faithful village pastor who wrote these words:
Do the work that's nearest,
Tho' it's dull at whiles,
Helping when we meet them
Lame dogs over stiles;
See in every hedgerow
Marks of angel's feet,
Epics in each pebble
Underneath our feet.
"We have come at last to the crowning reward: everlasting fellowship with Jesus Christ and unending participation in His glory. Whatever the glory of the Chief Shepherd is, we who are undershepherds are, if faithful, to share in it. His prayer was and is, “I desire that where I am there they may be also, that they may behold My glory.” What that glory is we know not now, but we shall know hereafter. Paul calls it a “crown of righteousness.” Peter calls it a “crown of glory.” Jesus calls it a 'joy.'" (pp. 139-140)
And finally, here are Paul's final words in 1 Corinthians 15 that are life-giving to me every time I read them. May they be life-giving to you, too, wherever your ministry assignment may be:
"With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don't hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort." (1 Corinthians 15:58, The Message)
Carry on and keep up the good work!