Entering my office early Sunday morning, I saw the red light glowing on my phone indicating a voice mail waiting for me. I make it a habit never to answer my voice mail on Sunday as the need to prepare for Sunday morning services takes precedence. But, the amber light kept luring me until I finally gave in to its temptation.
The voice mail was from Laurie, one of my members who suffers from Down Syndrome. She is in her middle thirties and participates in just about every possible opportunity she can to serve others. The message began, "Pastor Don, I want to talk with you. I don't want you to get upset, so I can't leave a message about it on your phone. So, can I talk to you on Sunday?"
Now, this is precisely the reason I do not listen to voice mails on Sunday. Too many are precisely of this nature. "Pastor Don, I am unhappy with something, and I want to talk with you about it Sunday morning." So, finding myself fretting about this message wondering, "What might this be about?" I passed this onto my dear wife asking her to deal with it.
Upon arriving home after services and sitting down to dinner, I inquired as to the nature of the voice mail. Kathy smiled at me and said, "Yes, she had a very important issue to share with you." I looked into my wife's eyes and said, "OK?" "Well, she wanted you to know that you are doing a really great job, she likes you a lot as her pastor, and she really enjoys your sermons," replying with a smile. My embarrassment was fairly evident on my face.
This made me think a bit. You see, I think encouragement exists all around us much more than we realize. Perhaps, we don't pay attention enough to the encouraging voices God surrounds us with each day. I think there are a lot of Lauries out there. We perhaps are just too caught up in our own stuff to hear them!
Just My Thoughts