It's important to say thank you in life. I try, whenever someone does something nice for me, to say or write thank you. I was taught as a child (and teach my own children) this rule. If I get a gift, I try to write a thank you note. If someone opens a door for me, I say thank you. I believe appreciation is important. That's part of the reason that we observe days like Mother's Day, Father's Day and Veteran's Day here at Six Points...to say thanks to those who have made a difference in our lives.
I am glad for Pastor Appreciation month (not sure I deserve a whole month) in October and for those of you who choose to show your appreciation for me and for Pastor Andrew and Pastor Lisa that month...it does help us feel loved!
But, I want you to know that I am thankful for you, especially those of you who volunteer in the MANY important roles around our church. While our staff work hard, we absolutely could not do the work of this church without the countless hours put in by our volunteers and our volunteer leaders. I want to echo the words of the Apostle Paul who often took time in his letters (which we call Epistles) to thank the people in his churches who he didn't see as his audience or his fans...but his co-laborers in the Kingdom of God.
In 1 Corinthians 1:4 he said, "I always thank my God for you" and I feel the same way about my church here at Six Points. I am so thankful to God for you. Your faith, passion, love and service are an example to me. Your dedication to your church and to Jesus are an inspiration to me. Thank you for your love, your prayers, your commitment and your kindness. I am proud to serve Jesus with you. Thank you!