An Attitude of Gratitude

1 Thessalonians 5: 12-13 “And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love”. (The Message)
October is National Clergy Appreciation month; a time that we can honor and show gratitude to the pastoral staff of ACC. How often do we get caught up in our own hardships, our own successes, our own challenges? I know I do. It’s hard to imagine that Dave, Chris and Scott are human too, with their own families, their own challenges, their own heartaches and their own joys. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to let them know how much their dedication and hard work is appreciated, now is your chance!
Why say thank you? Well, we all like to hear that we are doing a good job, but there are other reasons to encourage our pastors. First, as we see from the above scripture, it is a Biblical concept. Also, these men have been called to serve God, so showing gratitude to our pastors is showing gratitude to God for sending them to us. By showing love to our pastors, we demonstrate to the community around us that we truly are a church filled with love and grace.
Has a message that Dave preached really hit home and caused you to make God-honoring changes in your life? Has his council helped you with personal concerns? Or maybe he has been a good friend and it is time to tell him! Has the music played on Sunday morning given you goose bumps? Brought a tear to your eye? Brought joy to your heart? Say thank you to Scott. Is your child growing spiritually? Can’t wait to come to youth events? Developing a servant’s heart? Chris does an amazing job of inspiring our kids for Christ. Why not tell him so!
Let’s take this month as our opportunity to extend thanks to our pastors. Better yet – let’s make every day Clergy Appreciation Day! Thank you Dave, Chris and Scott – you are a blessing to ACC!
Guest blogger: Kris Milashus??