A Humble Thank You

     Several times throughout the years I have felt slighted.  For instance, I have been a loyal member of their credit card for decades and they offer their great interest rates to the new guy.  Where is the reward for my years?  I have been a part of their workout program for over 15 years and they offer the new member first opportunities to use the new equipment.  My dues paid for that new equipment.  I have worked program after program for the club that I have been a member at for over 30 years and what do they do for me vs the new member gets all the attention.
     My first intention and still an important intention of this writing was to say thank you to many of you for your loyalty and sacrifice to the FCC family.  You have made sacrifices that God will see and my heart aches that many times we the family of FCC will not see.  I want to say thank you for your ongoing and unnoticed efforts.  Again, I would say that God sees!  Many of you have moved furniture and set up varied sites without any appreciation for your efforts.  Others of you have worked dozens of hours to make a program successful.  Also, to mention the giving that supplies our bank balance so that we can continue doing what we do.  Again, I would say that God sees!
     When 9-1-1 happened, a nation noticed the sacrifice of first responders.  The ache is that we noticed with tragedy.  We at times are guilty of the same thing – we notice with tragedy the sacrifice of so many.  I want to echo again how much you mean to us at FCC.  Thank you for your ongoing efforts. Then as is with so many things, my intentions were to say thank you to so many for your sacrifice.  But while I wrote the first paragraph, I felt convicted that the paragraph reeked of near-sightedness.  It smelled of selfishness.  Much like the Pharisee in Luke 18 my comments centered around me.  It was then I realized the humble nature of Jesus in Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
     So, I would finish with saying thank you, thank you, thank you for your unnoticed efforts and sacrifice.  We at FCC do appreciate you.  But then I must finish with humility and recognition that it is so simple to abuse the servanthood that Jesus modeled and the servanthood that he calls us to live-a service un-noticed even to the point of sacrifice of our life.
C U Sunday,