I woke up this morning praying for our students. We've got four dozen High Schoolers on a mission trip in Nicaragua, and I'm a little bummed that I couldn't go along. They've got fantastic leaders blessing them, watching over them and serving them as they serve the poor in Nicaragua.
I was thinking of some way I could bless the leaders who are blessing our GSM students when it occurred to me that I had enough time before our Saturday services, to pull out the mower and cut the grass at one of the GSM leader's homes.
So that's what Sheila and I did. We loaded up the mower, and our trusty weed-whip, and dove into our morning project - blessing a leader who is blessing our GSM students as they bless the needy this week in Nicaragua.
It was hot and I was about half-finished when I rounded a turn and noticed someone standing on the sidewalk.
It was Candi Riem, a member of GCC for the last several years, standing with her daughter Isabella (she calls her "Bell"), offering to help us work.
I'm not sure if Candi's heart of generosity was prompted by concern that her pastor looked like death-warmed-over (hey, I was hot), or if she was simply wanting to do what I wanted to do (help someone who is helping someone). Either way, I was moved by her kind offer and energized by her willingness to serve.
GCC is filled with people like Candi and Isabella. Maybe you're one of them. If so, you can help those serving your kids, your family and your community by offering to serve them...as they serve others. That way, everyone is blessing everyone as they are blessing everyone, and an unstoppable movement of kindness and good deeds spins into motion.
I want to be part of a church like that....and I am.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13a - We ask you too, my brothers, to get to know those who work so hard among you. They are your spiritual leaders to keep you on the right path. Because of this high task of theirs, hold them in highest honour.