I wanted to share an e-mail my boss sent out to our work staff. In it he, basically, shares how important it is to have Christ shared to others. God has been a wonderful blessing to me and my family. I am happy to glorify God through the kind words of another. Thanks Nathan.
Yesterday at Greenlawn church there was an unusual event. The sermon was on testimony and witnessing. After a brief introduction many Greenlawn elders came forward with prepared cardboard signs. Each sign held by each elder [. . .] had their sins or struggles written on one side. They presented this to the audience in silence one at a time from the center podium. Then they flipped the sign over and written there was the change God had done in their lives. For me, it was a powerful example.
The preacher then asked everyone in the pews to pull out a comment card and do what the elders had done. We were to write struggles and what God had done on opposite sides of the card. We were supposed to do it right then and the service paused for five minutes.
Some of the girls in cottage [. . .] and John and Crystal Reeves sat behind my family and I during the service. I had kept on eye on the teen girls, as always, and noticed that, as always, they were drawing pictures and reading books and writing notes. One was studying her softball playbook. They do this respectfully, but generally unaware of the sermon. They are teenagers.
However . . . apparently the elders action got their attention. I was able to read one of the girls notes afterward, offered freely. On the "Struggles" side of the note it said 'don't live with parents'. On the "What God has done" side it said 'God gave me two godly foster parents who love me'.
In case anyone forgot, what we do here matters greatly. We do it in the shadows it seems, and get very few pats on the back or big awards or recognition. Jesus tells us "Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you." I have a hunch that the secret rewards will be worth the wait.