Yesterday, our pastor celebrated his 17th anniversary at our church. It was a very special day with songs, messages, and a slide show presentation -- all meant to honor our pastor. (There also wasn't a dry eye in the house. Not a good day to wear mascara!) I feel it is a privilege to have a pastor who has such a heart for people and such a desire to serve God. My only regret is that I often neglect to tell him how important he is to me until a "special occasion."
Aren't we all bad to do that? Not just with our pastors, but with anyone in our lives who has a great impact. We notice what they do. We appreciate what they do. But so often we neglect to tell them how much of a blessing they are to our lives. I realize we can't spend every hour of every day telling people how much we appreciate them, but are we spending any time during the day doing this?
This is just a thought that came to my mind as we celebrated our pastor's anniversary. Let's be careful that we don't wait until a "special occasion" to tell others how much they impact our lives. We don't know that there will be another "special occasion." Life is short. Let's tell others now! Besides, it may just brighten their days!
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. - James 4:14