Every day someone prays for you. Every day someone is concerned for your soul. Every day someone puts his needs aside to meet your needs. That someone is your pastor.
A pastor can be the loneliest person in the church, but you would never know it. They give unselfishly to their flock. You see, when one sheep is lost the shepherd goes after that one sheep and brings him back home to the flock. Your pastor is your shepherd and he watches over you day and night.
He has a high calling from God to be here on the earth to help fill in the gaps for Him. He might go through times of disappointment and discouragement, but does it with a grateful heart. He might work long hours and face criticism, but does it with a joyful spirit.
The shepherd is steadfast and never gives up on his sheep. When you are sick he visits, when you are in crisis he's there, when you need counseling he's there, when you are in a valley he's there and when you're on the mountaintop he's there. Good or bad, the shepherd is always there and he loves his sheep.
Knowing that God has put someone here on earth who does all that and more for us surely we should take one day, if not more, out of the year to show our appreciation. October is National Clergy Appreciation Month. How will you show your appreciation to your pastor?
If you need help with ideas, search the Internet or contact your church staff. I'm sure you can find some way to say I love you and thank you.
"Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation" (Hebrews 13:7, KJV)
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