Today my husband and I had breakfast at a tasty bakery, Merridee’s. It is a small local place, with blue checked tablecloths and rough wood floors. Our meal was delicious, as always.
This morning we sat by two couples who were deep in conversation about their church lives. The older man and wife seemed to be mentoring the younger ones, and although we didn’t try to follow the entire course of their words, we couldn’t help but overhear lots of advice given about establishing and running a church in today’s world.
Hearing this made me thankful for two things. First, I appreciate the people who do all the planning and behind-the-scenes work to make the spiritual as well as the business parts of our church come together. Secondly, I am glad someone else does that besides me.
Through the years we have had various leadership roles in our church, and we tried our best to do as God led. There always came a point, however, where the work overshadowed the worship, and in our all-too-human way, we felt as if the level of our involvement precluded our relationship with the Lord.
At this point in our lives we do contribute, but we are also able to focus on God and growing our relationship with Him. And we can truly celebrate the joy of our salvation. Now we have time to spread that good news to others outside our circle of believers. I am thankful for that.
And I am glad that others seem to thrive in the more direct leadership roles, too. I am thankful for the good work they do.