October is Pastor Appreciation Month—which can be a weird time in the life of a youth worker. It could mean thank-you notes and gift cards slipped under an office door, or plates of cookies left on a desk…but it could also mean being overlooked at a time when you desperately need to be noticed and valued.
Appreciation is always welcome, but it’s not always available when you need it.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you ( John 15:15).
Jesus showed appreciation in a much different way in working with his team. There must have been times when the disciples wanted to know if they were doing a good job, and whether or not Jesus noticed. While there aren’t any stories depicting Jesus writing thank-you notes or giving pats on backs, there are constant reminders like the one spoken to them in John 15. Jesus appreciates their hard servant-like work and rewards them by bringing them into friendship.
Friendship with the very son of God is our constant appreciation.
Does Jesus appreciate you?
Gift cards and plates of cookies are the icing on the cake.
Director of Simply Youth Ministry Conference