Four Traits of Those Who Impact Our Lives
We give thanks to God always for all of you. Constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
Continuing on with the theme of Pastor Appreciation, I came across this list of traits of the Pastor’s that impact our lives:
1. Consistency. Those who impact our lives stay at the tasks with reliable regularity. They seem unaffected by the fickle winds of change
2.Authenticity. People who impact others are real to the core; no alloy covered over with a brittle layer of chrome, but solid, genuine stuff right down to the nubbies.
3. Unselfishness. Those who impact us the most watch out for themselves the least. They notice our needs and reach out to help, honestly concerned about our welfare. Their least-used words are, “I,” “me,” “my,” and “mine.”
4. Tirelessness. With relentless determination they spend themselves. They refuse to quit. Possessing an enormous amount of enthusiasm for their labor, they press on regardless of the odds. (Adapted from Lists to Live By – The Second Collection – Multnomah)
For three years I served as the Worship Director of Independent Bible Church of Willow Grove. I started in August and the Senior Pastor started in June after serving as the full-time youth pastor.
Shortly after becoming Senior Pastor, his wife made the decision to leave him and the ministry. For three years I observed a man of God who deeply loved his wife, but most of all, his Savior serve his flock with the above four characteristics.
When he could have been focused on his own problems and feeling sorry for himself, he was consistent in preaching the Word week after week with an amazing intensity.
He was preaching through the life of Joseph and the story came alive for us because he was not only preaching through the story – he was LIVING the story. His life authenticated the messages he was preaching.
Despite his situation, he served unselfishly. I remember that during my time there my Dad had major heart attack and stroke. The Lord called my Dad home and my Pastor and friend stood with me at the memorial service and funeral.
And while I am sure there were times he wanted to throw in the towel – he was steadfast and unmovable and demonstrated the trait of tirelessness.
Pastor Matt Reed now serves on the full-time staff of Calvary Church in Souderton, PA. I thank the Lord for his life and testimony and love him. Thanks, Pastor Matt, for your shepherd’s heart.
Running the race with joy,
President/CEO America’s Keswick
Quote of the day: The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. Helen Keller
Verse to Memorize: He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:3-4