“As a leader in your church, what you do week after week matters – both now and in eternity.”
Fake Smiles are Easy
Take a minute to consider the lives of the people in your church. Each week, you see their faces: smiling, talking, listening, serving, studying, and discussing. But think of the reality of their lives.
There may be a man… His job is stressful. He works with other guys who constantly try to get him to hit the bars after work or when they are out of town. They send him emails with off-color jokes and pictures.
There may be a woman… She works 40 hours a week – and still finds time to keep a clean house, take care of the kids, and manage the family schedule. She struggles with the guilt of trying to balance being a mom, wife, friend, worker, church volunteer, and more.
There may be a couple… Although they seem to have things under control, they are having trouble in their marriage. They have been slowly growing apart amid the business of life. Romance is dead. Their relationship is cold and detached. They fight often. Their marriage is a prime target for many different kinds of failure.
There may be someone struggling with some deep hurts… It could be abuse, betrayal, family problems, abandonment, infidelity, neglect, or so much more. It could have happened 3 weeks ago or 30 years ago – either way, the hurt is real. There can be true and lasting healing; but many people have yet to find it (yes, even people within a church.)
There may be someone fighting an ongoing battle… Daily they contend with strong temptations, addictions, depression, or hidden struggles. They wouldn’t want anyone to know about it – they just come week after week looking for a little reprieve or glimpse of hope.
Think About Your Role
You likely have at least one, if not all of the above in your church. You may not even know who is facing each of these struggles; but they are there – smiling faces, quietly dealing with these things. They come to worship services, Small Groups, Sunday School, and other church programs. As a church leader, think about your role in their lives.
What You Do Matters
Whether you are a teacher, a volunteer, a pastor, a Small Group leader, or serve in some other role, remember this: What you do week after week matters – both now and in eternity.
Take a fresh look around at the people in your church or small group. Ask God to renew your burden for their struggles, and to rekindle your passion to guide them closer to Him.