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?


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3 responses to “Surprised By Thanks

  1. Lovely post Stacy … It brings to mind the verse in Thessalonians “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”


  2. Penny Korkki

    Interestingly enough, there have been multiple gifts of roses that have been very affirming gifts in my life as well. One event took place quite a few years ago. I was a part of a small Christian theatre company in which I had participated as an actor in several productions. At one point the show we were putting together had the need of a production/house manager – a position that can be a catch all title for keeping absolutely everything about the production working, on task, on schedule, and on budget. Although I had never done it before, I volunteered for the task. Despite my theatrical training there were new things to learn and I was blessed with good and patient teachers. On opening night it felt a little odd not to be on stage, but I was everywhere backstage and throughout the house and the show went on without a hitch. The next afternoon a big old purple Bachman’s truck pulled up in front of my house with a delivery of a dozen red roses along with a meaningful thank you note from the entire cast. That was a very affirming moment that played an important role in my willingness to try new things going forward and to begin to discover what I believe may have been otherwise undiscovered gifts. It is a good reminder to recall how affirming and motivating an expression of thanks can be and consider who I can thank.


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