January 31, 2017

Read I Thessalonians 5

Roast, two vegetables, bread, and dessert.  Every Sunday after church, my mom had lunch on the table.  I never thought much about it.  After all, it was her job.  Ahem!  Twenty years later, when I was a mom trying to pull it all together I realized that this was no mean feat that I had totally taken for granted.  I’m pretty sure I never said, “thank you.” Even though I say it often now, I’m sure that a little appreciation would’ve gone a long way back then.  It’s easy to miss the value of things that are done for us. 

Paul admonishes us “to give recognition to those who labor among you and lead you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.”  (I Thessalonians 5:12)  At GBC, we are blessed with a staff who serves us, sacrificing time with their families to pray with and for us, lead us in the Word, arrive early to set things up and stay late to tear them down.  They perform a million other services that we probably never even see.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a package and not giving it.” (Unnamed source) This week is Staff Appreciation Week.  And though our staff doesn’t serve in order to be thanked, they will surely appreciate such a gift.