FIVE MEMBERS I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE
THE ENCOURAGER. This selfless person is always looking for a back to pat or a hand to lift. He or she is intent on others being appreciated for their contribution to the Lord's work. These have a knack for doing so actively and genuinely.
THE UPBEAT. This smiling person has not had fewer surgeries, health issues, or reverses of life (in fact, many times they have had more than their share). Though you know they are suffering, if you ask them how they are you hear a silver-lining answer and see a twinkle in their eyes that betrays hope and optimism. They seem focused on heaven, not their hurts.
THE WORKER. This serving person does not have more leisure time or fewer potential life interests, but you will see them often between services, at church gatherings, at all the services, and wherever help is needed. Their energy and time reserve seems endless, and without them the needs of hurting members would go unmet, the souls of lost people would go untaught, and the jobs for all members would go undone.
THE STEADY. This steadfast person is not immune from long days at work, times of tiredness, family obligations, and other diversions. They are not above the ups and downs and highs and lows of life. But, whenever the doors are open, they are present. They do not blow hot and cold. They see the Christian race as a marathon, one which they are not about to quit. They just keep a constant, methodical pace. They may not be the most outspoken, vivacious, or even talented spark-plug in the congregation. They just keep going and going and going.
THE TENDER. This sweet person is on the phone, on the move, or at the pew, with caring spirit, tending to the cares and concerns of others. No doubt these same members are the mightiest prayer warriors in the church, those who love with a pure heart fervently. They grasp the concept that we are a family, and they love in deed and not just in tongue. You know they genuinely care about you. In fact, you may have them to thank in part if you stand at the Lord's right hand some day.
Think about these five members. Did you have other names, specific first and last names, that you would substitute for the five names mentioned? Where would your name go? In place of any of those five, or would you have to look elsewhere? It's a choice we all make. How do we want to be seen?
Until next week, I love you all,