First, I‘d like to thank each of you who have made The Shepherds Connection ministry successful. Thank you to those who have reached out for help or support; you are the reason we are here. Thank you to those who have helped reach back to pastors and staff needing support. Thank you to our financial contributors. Thank you to those who have generously allowed us to share their writings in our attempt to cover the innumerable issues that we face as pastors. And a very special, from-the-heart thanks to those of you who have been honest enough to share the toughest moments of your ministry in the hope of reaching a fellow pastor going through a similar situation. The Shepherds Connection was designed as a resource for pastors and it takes all of us working together to support each other.
This four-hundred mark reminds me of several messages I want to share with you. I hope you will take these to heart as we face a new year and the challenges of the future. What are the messages?
First, remember to be steadfast. There are times in life when we all get discouraged. In order to prosper in serving the Lord we must be steadfast. Paul instructed us to “be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (I Cor. 15:58) It is helpful to read Hebrews 11, and the trials the saints of old faced. They were steadfast in their service. Satan will try to side-track and defeat us. We must be steadfast in our service.
Second, remember that your work is not in vain. God is making notes of your work and the labor you perform for Him. Nothing you do goes unnoticed!
Third, remember that accomplishment comes with the long haul. The Shepherds Connection was able to attain the four-hundred mark because we continued to serve. What seemed impossible eight years ago became a reality because we stayed with the task. Productivity comes with being systematic, consistent, and faithful in the task at hand. Little steps contribute to a long journey.
Thank you for continuing in the Lord’s service. Your accomplishments do add up! Your work is not in vain! Your service is painting a bright picture as you continue to serve. Happy New Year and we pray that you will experience many years of service for HIM!