Surprised By Thanks

Anyone in ministry – let’s be honest…anyone who knows someone in ministry – knows that a lot of energy is expended into other people’s lives.

Ministry is physically, emotionally, and spiritually taxing.  Those who are called into serving God and others often set aside their own selves because the needs can be great.

Someone is in the hospital.

Someone has passed away.

Someone needs encouragement.

Sermons need to be written, board meetings need to be attended, and the list goes on.

And the families of those in ministry often partner with the ministers. There is sacrifice.  With my huz as a pastor (minister…whatever your church calls the one who leads the flock), I know this life from the inside.

I would like to share with you how I was surprised by thanks this week and the joy that it brought me.

IMG-20120322-00325When I arrived home on Wednesday from a long day at work and shuffling the kids to school, from school, and off to church for youth group, I found these beauties on my kitchen table.  I have to admit that I was shocked to see a dozen roses sitting on my dining room table.  I was even more shocked when I read the card.  The person who sent the flowers thanked me for sharing my husband during a time of need.  This gesture recognized me for the role that I play in ministry and showed appreciation for the (somewhat) hidden partner of the ministry team.

The gift seemed to be too much.

It was overwhelming.

I was completely surprised by it.

And it brought me great joy.

Ministry is not easy.  Anyone who says that it is might not be doing it well.  But the best things in life are rarely those that are easy.  The easiest things in life rarely bring such overwhelming, speech-stopping, and breathtaking joy.  I am honored to be part of the ministry to which my husband has been called.  This is just one example of the way that it brings joy into our lives.

How do you show thanks?  How have you been shown thanks?

Are you in ministry (paid or not)?  What is the best way that you have been thanked?

Is God calling you to thank someone in ministry?