It doesn’t take much to be an encourager. Today I received an email from someone I work side-by-side with at church thanking me for my work this weekend at the “Men’s Advance” (a retreat just for guys at church). After responding to a question in his first email, he responded with another that was instantly an encouragement to me. The last sentence ended with the phrase “I’m proud to serve alongside of you.” Hearing that from someone I deeply respect and look up to is a huge encouragement. Especially since my first email to him revealed some things about myself that I’m not proud of. Being told someone is proud to serve with you shows they respect you and view you at their level and not as someone below them.
That’s one of the biggest things that I think has kept me at Rolling Hills and that has kept me involved with the a/v team there without feeling abused by the system. At home working with a/v had become too stressful to be enjoyable anymore, making me not want to serve on Sundays because I felt like my effort wasn’t being appreciated. At RH, before each service at least one of the pastors comes up and thanks us all for what we are doing and checks personally with each lead person to see if there is anything we need from them. It’s a pleasure to serve on Sundays when I know that what I’m doing is being appreciated and that the hard work that goes into preparing the technical side of the service is just as important as the worship/sermon side of the service.
Does your work reflect positively on you in a way that would make someone be proud to serve alongside of you? I hope mine always does.