Monday, 19 November 2012 12:00

I Am Thankful for You

Written by Tim Patrick

Celebrating Two Years of The Shepherd’s Connection

Have you heard any positive words lately? I use this question because, unfortunately, ministers often hear more negative than positive words. These negative words come from numerous sources. First, there are the negative, condemning words that sometimes flow from our heart.

Then, there are the negatives words that come from the people we serve. If you serve in ministry you will receive your share of complaints, grumbling, criticism and the like.

There are also negative words that come from Satan. It is no surprise that he is called the accuser, the slanderer and the father of lies. He condemns us and paints our souls in black.

Today, I want to speak a positive word to you. I am thankful for you! I am reminded of Paul’s words to Timothy in his second letter. “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I observe four significant truths in II Tim. 1:3-7.

1.Paul was thankful that Timothy had been called to ministry. Timothy seemed to timidly enter the marathon of ministry.

 The staff of “The Shepherd’s Connection” recognizes your divine calling. We are thankful that you chose to be faithful and follow God’s will for your life.

 2.Paul was aware of Timothy’s needs. Paul was mindful of Timothy’s tears. We cannot be certain of the reason for those tears. Paul knew and was mindful of Timothy’s burden.

The staff of “The Shepherd’s Connection” acknowledges your burden. When you serve in ministry there are many burdens. Some of those are heavy: the needs of your congregation, the burden for the lost, people who are suffering and the condition of our nation and world.

3.Paul encouraged Timothy to stir up the gift of God. Paul encouraged Timothy to stir his calling as one would stir a fire.

The staff of “The Shepherd’s Connection” prays that your gift for ministry will never grow dim. We pray that it will grow brighter as the days move forward.

4.Paul prayed that Timothy would be empowered for ministry. He prayed that he would be filled with power, love for people and a sound mind. The phrase sound mind refers to self-control and self-discipline. This phrase refers to a person who is sensibly minded and balanced, who has his life under control.

The staff of “The Shepherd’s Connection” recognizes the load of carrying your responsibility. We are praying for you and ask God to enable you with His strength.

We are thankful for you and every aspect of your life!

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