1 Timothy 5:17 - The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
How many people are actually present and important in our lives that go completely unnoticed?
There are literally thousands of people in our lives who go almost entirely unnoticed and unappreciated. Many people who we depend on for our quality of life are practically invisible. When I stop to think about how many people are working just to make sure there is a reliable and consistent source electricity, clean water and groceries it blows my mind. But to be fair, they may be anonymous, but they are not entirely unappreciated. Many, if not most of them, make at least a living wage from the work they do and that is a form of acknowledgement and appreciation.
But there are others, closer to home, who are often out of sight and out of mind, but who have a profound impact on us. I’m thinking about the people who serve The Branch as elders.
At the end of this month, 5 elders who have been faithfully serving The Branch will complete their terms of service – Randy Baker, Ron Cash, David Teutsch, Ron Walker, and Clarke Watkins. Besides managing their work worlds and their families, these guys have spent a tremendous amount of time and energy “shepherding” The Branch. For most of us, “shepherding” doesn’t mean much because we never really see it and if we don’t see it, then for us it doesn’t exist. It goes largely unnoticed and underappreciated.
I have the great privilege and honor of spending a lot of time with these guys and seeing up close what they do and how they love and pray for The Branch. Most of the congregation does not get to see it – and for the most part – are unaware of the burden these men bear. But if you could see it, you would see them meeting together every Sunday morning to pray for you. You would see them visiting people in the hospital and praying. You would see them comforting those in mourning and praying. You would see them counseling the distressed and praying. You would see them overseeing the affairs of the church and praying.
These are good men. I am thankful to serve under them and to know them as friends. I am thankful to have them praying for me and for everyone at The Branch.
There are any number of ways to give honor to someone who is deserving of it. One simple way is to say a sincere thank you. I am going to do that in the coming days with each of these guys who are completing their terms of service and I would encourage you to do the same.
Posted on Mon, March 11, 2013
by Tim Ketchersid