Today’s scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13a
Being a pastor is often a thankless job. Most men and women who have been
called to teach or preach God’s word on a regular basis work very hard—harder
than we who sit in pews each week know.
They study God’s word diligently. They research. They write sermons. They
practice and practice in order to seamlessly share the words God has given
They visit the housebound or those in hospitals. They counsel. They attend
committee meetings. They supervise staff.
Oh, and they usually strive to maintain strong marriages and to raise their
children to know and follow God.
Yet how often do we who are the recipients of their dedicated work thank them?
I know I usually just take the efforts of my pastor for granted. I do the same
for the teaching leader of my women’s Bible study. I do pray for those in
Christian leadership regularly. But a personal “thanks for what you do”?
Now I believe that neither of these people is looking for accolades—not at all.
They’re doing what God has called them to do. But a “thank you” or “God spoke
to me through you” goes a long way.
I think I’m going to send a message of encouragement to these servants of God.
Why don’t you do the same for those who “labor among you” and “give you