Today's activity – Read Hebrews 13:7, 17. Write your pastor a note of encouragement.
You know, your pastor could probably use a simple note of encouragement this week. Let him know you appreciate him and share something specific he does that you really appreciate. Add a verse of scripture if you want. Sign it and mail it today. My estimate: six minutes and you're done! But the few minutes that you take to let your pastor know that you appreciate him will be worth the investment.
I was at a funeral last week of a beloved colleague. This minister who died suddenly in his late 40's had a tremendous impact on thousands of lives. The church was grieving over the unexpected loss of this staff member. But I watched the pastor lead his congregation. He was a rock in a stormy sea. I reflected later about how strong this pastor was for his people, and how he was such an example of God's grace and compassion in difficult times. I started musing about what a typical pastor must deal with on a consistent basis. If the past year was a normal year, your pastor probably did the following:
- Preached and prepared around 100 sermons;
- Visited the hospital 100-200 times;
- Led another 35-50 Bible studies;
- Spent about 250 hours in church committee meetings;
- Personally counseled with about 150-200 people;
- Led about 20 funerals and ministered to the grieving families;
- Had 12 deacons meetings;
- Oh, and don't forget he's raising his own kids and loving his wife;
- You get the idea, right?
Let's face it, your pastor is a rock! Send him a note today and encourage him. He's worth it and trust me, he will appreciate the note.
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