We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Last week I said I was going to build on Hebrews 12:1-2, but I read an email blog from Pastor Thom S. Ranier this week and it was too good to not share. Thom does a lot of writing for Lifeway Publications.
I am really burdened for pastor and their wives, so my heart really resonates with this list of sentences that would be a great encouragement to your shepherd.
Here is the list … now watch your pastor faint …
- “I would like to babysit your kids so you can go on a date with your wife.”
- “Pastor, let me tell you specifically what I learned from your sermon and how it helped me.”
- “Your wife should have the freedom to be herself in the church.”
- “I confronted your critic about those unfounded claims he made about you.”
- “I’m setting aside five minutes every day to pray for you and your family.”
- “I explained to the personnel committee how a package is not the same as your salary.”
- “Your kids should be able to live a normal life.”
- “Thank you.”
9. “I want to help you recruit people to do ministry.”
10. “I am so thankful for the time you spend in sermon preparation.”
11. “We don’t expect you to attend every meeting or function.”
12. “Let me do that for you.”
13. “Tell me how I can most help your wife.”
14.“Here is a gift card to get you some books for your library.”
Now my guess is that your using one or more of these sentences will be a HUGE encouragement to your pastor. Give it a try and please let me know how it goes. Which one will you use this week?
Going the distance with Jesus,
President/CEO America’s Keswick
Quote of the day: There are no crown-wearers in heaven who were not cross-bearers here below. —C.H. Spurgeon
Verse to Memorize: The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. Psalm 37:23-24