Recently I spent some time visiting with friends I’ve not seen in many years. Naturally it was great to get caught up, but there was one specific thing that made the visit extra special for me. There was a man there who (along with another man) invested in my friends and I on Wednesday nights at church when we were just boys (rowdy-active boys I might add). You see it wasn’t that I can remember great stories, wisdom, or dramatic things, it was simply time spent among us. Yes they shared the lessons (and we learned…some), but it was their hearts that validated the truth and left the most lasting imprint. I watched them, saw how they handled situations, and how eager they were to laugh at themselves (and us).
As we talked and reminisced about those times, we were amazed at how young he and the other guy who led were. They were both young dads (not necessarily “ready”), but they were willing and I’m confident my friends carry the same good memories and appreciation I do. So if you serve in any capacity with Kingdom potential and influence, please be encouraged today and know that your efforts are not in vain…even if it’s among some rowdy-active boys!
“And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
– Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV