November 9, 2014

The Shepherd's Corner

In his book, “Brave, Strong, and Tender,” Phi Downer relates the story when he decided to resign from the law firm he worked for and managed to grow from four to fifty lawyers to become the president of Christian Business Men’s Committee of the USA.  He said after he left, the firm just moved on and he couldn’t help but feel forgotten.  Suddenly he became a “no body.”In his book, “Brave, Strong, and Tender,” Phi Downer relates the story when he decided to resign from the law firm he worked for and managed to grow from four to fifty lawyers to become the president of Christian Business Men’s Committee of the USA.  He said after he left, the firm just moved on and he couldn’t help but feel forgotten.  Suddenly he became a “no body.”  

We all want to feel important.   It is not that we are crazy for praise and honor.  No.  It just means that we want to feel that we have some worth.  We want to feel that what we say and do matter.  We want to know that our presence is noticed when we are around and missed when we are not around.  Nobody wants to be a no body!

In Romans 16—the last chapter of the book—Paul took the time to mention a number of names and asked the church to greet them on his behalf: Phoebe, Priscilla and Aquila, Epenetus, Mary, Andronicus and Junias, and 21 other people!  So, a total of 28 names that he said hello to!  I bet those whose names were mentioned felt really good and special that Paul still remembered them!

I wish I could remember names like Paul.  I understand how good it feels to be remembered.  But, I am glad that you can remember better.  You remember those who celebrate their birthdays; you remember those who are sick; and you remember those who don’t come to church anymore.  And I know, not only do you remember, you also take the time to call and whenever possible, you visit them.

When we remember others, we are acting as the extension of Our Lord Jesus, who remembers us.  Yes, we are always on His mind!  So, by remembering others, we tell them, “God remembers you.”

Pastor Paul
We all want to feel important.   It is not that we are crazy for praise and honor.  No.  It just means that we want to feel that we have some worth.  We want to feel that what we say and do matter.  We want to know that our presence is noticed when we are around and missed when we are not around.  Nobody wants to be a no body!

In Romans 16—the last chapter of the book—Paul took the time to mention a number of names and asked the church to greet them on his behalf: Phoebe, Priscilla and Aquila, Epenetus, Mary, Andronicus and Junias, and 21 other people!  So, a total of 28 names that he said hello to!  I bet those whose names were mentioned felt really good and special that Paul still remembered them!

I wish I could remember names like Paul.  I understand how good it feels to be remembered.  But, I am glad that you can remember better.  You remember those who celebrate their birthdays; you remember those who are sick; and you remember those who don’t come to church anymore.  And I know, not only do you remember, you also take the time to call and whenever possible, you visit them.

When we remember others, we are acting as the extension of Our Lord Jesus, who remembers us.  Yes, we are always on His mind!  So, by remembering others, we tell them, “God remembers you.”

Pastor Paul

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