Hello Church Family,

Before we pick up where I left off in the last newsletter, I want to thank everyone who helped with our annual associational meeting this past Monday. So many of you cooked food, baked (or bought) desserts, set up tables, cleaned tables, cleaned dishes, cleaned floors, greeted people, kept children—not to mention listened to an hour long sermon. I was blessed to see you all serve in such a selfless way. Thank you.

Now I have already written that a faithful life is composed of faithful days. So then, some of you may have thought, “How can I be faithful with my days?” Well, I am so glad you asked in this hypothetical conversation we’re having.

As you know, each church member is assigned to a deacon. As some of you know, this deacon family ministry structure was initiated under Pastor Steve O. Wallace (as best I can tell). Many of our deacons have been faithfully serving their (and other) families for decades now. One of those deacons is Ed Abernathy. In both of the deacons’ meetings I have attended, there has been an allotted time to give updates concerning each deacon’s specific families. I am always so encouraged to hear how Brother Abernathy consistently and diligently ministers to his people. After we finished, I thanked him for his loving service for the sake of Jesus Christ to which he responded that he had more time than most. But then he paused and we both said together, “There are only twenty-four hours in everyone’s day.”

Why do I say all this? To encourage Brother Abernathy even though he would not want me to do this publicly? Partly. Mainly, I want to remind myself and all of us to intentionally plan our time for the sake of the Gospel. One day will soon be the Day and we will be called to give an account for our stewardship of the days with which He chose to bless us.

A wise investor plans where and when to intentionally place his or her resources. May we use our time for the Kingdom in order that we will hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”

Matthew 25:14-30; Psalm 90:12-17; Proverbs 12:20