Recently someone asked me what the kindest thing was that had been done for me as I traveled from church to church. That was easy. Pastors and people have been very gracious and encouraging in every place where we have been privileged to serve, but there is one thing that stands out above the rest.
It costs nothing, and yet it is priceless. It is not tangible, but it brings visible results. It seems somewhat small, but it is an enormous gift.
The kindest thing ever done for me is for someone to love and encourage my wife and children.
Many years ago I heard my pastor say that the nicest thing anyone ever did for him was love his children. I now understand what he meant. The most precious thing I have on earth is my family. They mean more to me than any meeting. When others love the ones you love it is wonderful.
Sometimes on the road there are lonely moments. I have learned when I am missing Tammy and the kids to turn that emotion into prayer. To intercede and ask the Heavenly Father to do what I could not do even if I were with them. When others join with you in prayer for those you love it is so meaningful.
A pastor recently wrote my wife and children a handwritten note after I had been in his church. Because of the distance of the meeting I had flown and was unable to bring them with me. He graciously thanked each of my family for sharing their dad for a few days and supporting the work God had given me to do. That man will never know that the kindest thing he did for me was simply to encourage my family. When others speak a kind word to those you love it is the kindest thing they can ever do for you.
What about your preacher?
Pastors, evangelists, and missionaries carry a great load. Their families do as well. Love the minister’s family. Pray a hedge of protection around them. Speak an encouraging word. Offer a smile. It is an investment in each of their lives and an investment in all of those that their father will help. It is the kindest thing you can do for your preacher.
“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves…Brethren, pray for us” (1 Thess. 5:12, 13, 25).