There is something very special about Labor Day weekend, especially when you are a working person (if you are lucky enough to have a job that gives you a 3-day weekend). It is the last holiday weekend of the summer. It is often the time for that last big project on the house. Or hopefully for you it is time for a special family get-together or camping outing. Whatever you do this weekend I hope it is a time of blessings, joy and rest.
"Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone" (1 Thessalonians 5:12-14 NIV).
Although I am no longer employed, I still have those "who are over me in the Lord" as the scripture says. Those elders in the church who tirelessly serve so faithfully are included. We are blessed to have special servants who pray for the body of the church and its future. They support the sick and the troubled in their times of need. They offer guidance and correction with loving concern. They provide wisdom in times of confusion or shock. They take a stand with conviction and lead the church under God's direction.
Rarely do the leaders of the church get recognized with appreciation because so much of their work takes place invisibly. This year at Bethel Grove Church several members willingly stepped up to fill positions of leadership because there was a need. Sometimes we must step out in faith to grow and to become aware of the work that still needs to be done.
This Labor Day I'm appreciating those who work so hard, in so many different ways, to spread the Word of God to those searching for an answer.