You Are Appreciated

Youth Specialties
October 9th, 2010

“And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (The Message)

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.” 1 Timothy 5:17

“The Lord commanded that those who preach the good news should be supported by those who benefit from it.” 1 Corinthians 9:14 (NLT)

Get that frown off of your face.  It doesn't look good on you.  It must be time for a little appreciation.

I know… I know… You think that you're not worthy of receiving honor on pastors appreciation day/month — usually celebrated during the month of October.  But note the scriptures… you should receive some honor for the work of ministry that you do.  

Some of us just need to open ourselves up to receive:  let someone pat you on the back…. read through all of those “Thank You” cards… take that bed and breakfast trip with your wife.  You deserve it!

There are not a lot of people that really know and understand how intensive, non-stop, and demanding ministry is — especially ministry to students.  You give all the love that you've got — whether they love or hate you — and you get paid peanuts for it.  You work just as hard as the lead staff at your church, but without all the recognition.  That doesn't matter to you, though.  You don't do it for the money or the fame.  You do it because you love God and you love students.  That's what's so amazing about you!  

You are selfless.

No, I'm not saying that to puff you up.  I'm saying that because I believe it about you.  

Too many youth workers bite the dust too soon.  They don't hear it enough.  YOU don't hear it enough: “Thank you.”

Thank you for all the late night counseling sessions.  
Thank you for consuming all those sodas, hamburgers, and french fries.  
Thank you for taking the hand of the underdog and lifting them up.  
Thank you for loving the unlovable.  
Thank you for making the scriptures real.
Thank you for breaking the mold.
Thank you for not using this as a stepping stone to “real ministry”.  
Thank you for tearing down walls.
Thank you for crossing borders (of all kinds).
Thank you helping students see past themselves.
Thank you for being a disciple-maker.
Thank you for all the cold-night football games.
Thank you for opening up your home.
Thank you for all the crazy icebreakers.
Thank you for the memories.
Thank you for shaping lives.
Thank you for being transparent.
Thank you for your sacrificial giving.
Thank you for your servant heart.
Thank you for your leadership.
Thank you for the campfire s'mores.
Thank you for your creativity.
Thank you for the hours sown.
Thank you for leading us into worship.
Thank you for getting your hands dirty.
Thank you for being strong.

I could go on, but it's my prayer that you hear these things first hand from those in your congregations all year round.  You deserve it.  

Youth Specialties

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