Monday, October 27, 2008
Current Study: People Who Made a Difference
Today’s Topic: Support
Today’s Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:15-18 You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. I urge you, brothers, to submit to such as these and to everyone who joins in the work, and labors at it. I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.
I am so thankful for the people of my church who have participated in Pastor Appreciation Month during October. Each Sunday one of the Elders has led a special recognition event during the morning worship services. People have sent cards. Some have included gifts. Today I will be collecting one of those gifts when someone from the church does some much needed work on one of my vehicles. It has been great to hear people tell me how their lives are being touched by the ministry of our pastors. Thanks so much, everyone. I don’t know how many people truly understand how easy it is for us to get discouraged and tired. Your encouragement helps prop us up when we are leaning.
One of the ways I was encouraged recently was through a story that was sent to me. It reminded me how we all need someone to prop us up when we are leaning. At his church prayer meetings, an old deacon would always pray, “Lord, prop us up on our leanin’ side.” After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently.
He answered, “Well sir, you see, it’s like this… I got an old barn out back. It’s been there a long time; it’s withstood a lot of weather; it’s gone through a lot of storms, and it’s stood for many years.
It’s still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit. So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn’t fall. Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn. I’ve been around a long time. I’ve withstood a lot of life’s storms. I’ve withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I’ve withstood a lot of hard times, and I’m still standing too. But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, ’cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times. Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn’t . So we need to pray, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leaning side,’ so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord.”
I need some pine poles to prop up my leanin’ side. I’ll bet you do too. I pray that today someone will be that prop for you. I also pray that we will get to be such a pole for someone else. People who refresh the spirit’s of others deserve recognition. Thanks for how you help to refresh mine.