Thanks

Published on Nov 11th, 2015 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Thanks

Thanks

I have had the privilege of serving in a church that is located near a couple of military bases.  For that reason, we have had hundreds of military personnel pass through our church.  Sometimes their stays are brief and we barely get to know them and other times they stay for a long period of time and they become a permanent part of our family.  They have taught me the value of always having sweet tea in the house, how to quickly make friends and get involved, that it is better to connect and then leave than it is to protect your heart and never connect, that you can abbreviate any word or phrase with just a few letters, that service is honorable, that duty is important, and that sacrifice for a greater purpose can give life meaning.  I have also learned that military folks are masters at understating their service and achievements.  They do their best to take the spotlight off themselves and to put it on others or the greater purpose.  These examples of humility remind me of what is still good in our country.

What I love about serving our military heroes is that they understand what it means to be servants in an entity that is bigger than they are.  For those who have given their lives to Christ, they have special insight into what it means to be servants in the Kingdom of God.  They “get” the principles of service to the King, and the body of Christ, and building upon a solid foundation.  When God leads them to a local church, even for a short time, most jump right in and seek to make a difference for the kingdom. God has given them this great privilege to impact areas of the kingdom all over the world.  I know that my life has been impacted many times by folks in the military who were only involved in my life for a short while.  They live with an urgency that is often missing in the lives of those who are settled in to an area for a long while.

Every once in a while I will hear from someone who attended our church while in the military.  They might share how our church ministered to their life in some way.  When I look at where they are now living and where they have lived since leaving our church I am in awe of how God is allowing our church to minister to people all over the world through those servants of Christ.  It reminds me of how little we know of what God is doing through us.  It is a great motivator to stay faithful.

So, I want to say thank you to all of those military folks who serve our country.  I want to say thank you to all of you who have passed through our church.  You have impacted our lives for the kingdom of God.  We can only pray that God has used us in your life also.  I appreciate your lives of service and have learned much from you.  I look forward to many more years of serving you and watching how God uses you in your service to our country and his kingdom.

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