Pastor Appreciation Month: Day #31
October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
Take time today to express to your pastor how much he means to you.
The Minister and His Mate (Genesis 2:18; Ecclesiastes 9:9; Ephesians 5:25)
Genesis 2:18, “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”
Ecclesiastes 9:9, “Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.”
Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”
I do not personally have a bucket list, but if I did, rappelling up a rock climbing wall would be on it. Back in 2013, I had an opportunity to climb one. For whatever reason, I chose the hardest wall to climb. I recall putting on the harness and attempting to climb the wall. Right away I could tell that it was going to be a struggle. I was in over my head. Just when it seemed I could not go any further, I remember saying two words that I never want to say. Those words were, “I can’t!” At that very moment I felt defeated. In my head, I had already given up. Right away, I heard a very familiar voice utter these words with compassion and courage, “Yes you can!” It was my wife, Joy. Right away, I looked up towards the top, and I began climbing and never once looked down until I reached the top. She never once gave up believing I could make it to the top. She encouraged me to continue climbing until I reached the summit.
Throughout our ministry, she has been my cheerleader. She has always comforted and encouraged me in the ministry. I can say that she has never, not once in any way, hindered me from doing what the Lord has called me to do. She has supported me in all of our ministry endeavors from pastoring, starting a Christian school, starting numerous ministries, and outreach ministries, etc. I want to thank my wife, Joy, for 22 (and still counting) wonderful and faithful years of marriage.
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