Twice a day for the past 21 days, nearly everyday, I have been speaking in parishes during this special time of Lent. A couple of thousand people over the past few weeks have attended our events.
In the words of two priests I had lunch with today, it has been ‘a truly life changing time for people.’
At each session I have spoken for over an hour on subjects ranging from listening to God, building our faith, dealing with regret, setting up spiritual disciplines in our lives, forgiveness, standing on Gods promises and other many topics.
As we finish tonight I know I will be thanked. People will shake my hand and they will express their gratitude to me for what this time that has meant in their lives. I am very grateful for people’s gracious expressions of thanks.
While my team and staff will also be thanked I know something most people do not know and it is this. I could never do what I do if my team and staff did not bring their gifts and talents and be prepared to serve so selflessly and invisibly.
They are the strength of this ministry. They turn up before I do and they will leave after me as they set up and pull down equipment, stands and pack gear into our large truck and into other vehicles.
I am blessed with a group of women and men who were open to being trained not just in the skill of what we do, but also in the development of their heart to do the ministry.
They plan without me. They hold meetings without me and decide what has to be done while I prepare what I might say and present.
They believe that if we can proclaim Jesus in a way that people connect to, it will change people’s lives as the priests said to me earlier today. They do not want to be out front but serve behind the scenes. They sacrifice, serve and lift up this ministry for people they do not know and who do not know them.
They inspire me to try harder, work more diligently and to pray even more that God would use them. They are the saints of this work.
Their names are Trevor, Chris, Julian, Hannah, Scott, Natalie, James, Eddie, Justin, Sandra, Daniel, Ashley and Emily. You do not know them but God does.
ACTION: Can I ask you what are you doing that no one sees but God alone? Those acts purify your heart and motivation. It is what we do in the dark that God sees and credits to us.
GOSPEL READING: Luke 1: 26-38
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