Published October 9, 2012
"My partner and I pulled our police cruiser up behind a car stopped on the shoulder of the highway. We got out and asked the driver if we could help. No, he replied, there was no trouble; he had just stopped to look at a map. When we turned back, we noticed that his German shepherd had jumped in the open passenger-side front window of our patrol car.
"You may think there's no trouble,' I smiled, but your dog obviously thinks he's done something wrong. He's in our patrol car.' "He laughed. He probably thinks you've come to take him to work,' he replied. He's a retired police dog.'"
With this being Pastor Appreciation Month, I had to think of the many retired preachers who would love to jump back into the pulpit and start preaching. In some cases, the voice doesn't work like it once did. Perhaps the legs don't hold up to do visitation at homes or in the hospitals. The thoughts don't come together as quickly as they once did.
There must be great frustration that one avenue of service for the Lord has been diminished or blocked by age or health. If you are such a person, know that the sermons you preached are still appreciated. Your example through your life is remembered. And, those you've touched will watch as you find other ways to serve and to be faithful to the Lord you love.
Know that in heaven you will see the many people whose lives you touched . Rodney Griffin says it best in his song, "Faces."*
"I dreamed my life was done
And I stood before God's Son
It was time to see what my reward would be.
With love, He reviewed my life
To count what was done for Christ
For that was what would last eternally.
See, I'd done my best to share
That Jesus really cares
And He would save if they would just believe.
But, seldom did harvest come
So few did I see won
Until the Lord said, Turn around and see.'
"Then He showed me the faces of the ones who'd come because of me
So many faces that my life had led to Calvary
All those years I thought nobody saw, as I labored in lowly places
That's when Jesus smiled and showed me all the faces.
"He said, Though you did not see the yield
You were faithful to plow the field
At other times, you helped me plant the seed
No matter how small the task
You did just as I asked
And, thanks to you, these souls have been set free!'
"And for those years you thought nobody saw, as you labored in lowly places
One day He'll smile, and show you all the faces."
* "Faces," Rodney Griffin, Songs of Greater Vision BMI. Lyrics used by permission.
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