So I decided to do another shoutout because who doesn’t love trilogies? Except for fans of the Godfather movies…The Godfather Part III was terrible! OK, now on to the real reason…
I received an encouraging email this week from a dear friend, and it came at literally the exact moment I needed it. I keep items like this in a drawer in my desk at home; the drawer contains thank you notes (nobody really sends those anymore, and that’s a shame), letters of encouragement, surprise cards that made my day, little well-wishes that came when I needed a lift…things like that. As I put this new email in the pile, I decided to read through just a few of them, and I would up reading about five years worth of notes, cards, and printed emails. It’s easy to kill time reading the sweet, lovely things that people can say.
Variations on a particular sentence kept popping up in quite a few of these notes (and I’m so hesitant to type it for fear of sounding arrogant, so forgive me if it does sound that way): something along the lines of “I know you don’t get the credit you deserve, but…” (There…I wrote it, and I promise I’m not trying to draw attention to myself; hopefully I’ll make a salient point here.)
Every week, on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, dozens of men, women, students, and children give up their time to serve on the campus of Eastridge and at our various missions throughout the community. Many others serve on their own or in projects with varying affiliation to Eastridge. And similar things are happening in countless other churches throughout this country and across the globe.
This past Wednesday, my friend Jason Laffan, who is a missionary to Juarez and Acuña, Mexico through the amazing organization Casas por Cristo, spoke at our Missions Night. He brought up Jesus’ words in Mark 10: “…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (verses 43-45, NIV).
Far too many of you who serve don’t get the credit you deserve here on earth, but you will when it really counts. Let me say thank you to the amazing servants of Eastridge and to everyone on this planet with a servant’s heart. I’m in awe of everyone who allows God to use what He has given them for His glory. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, even if I don’t know you, for your willingness to serve.