CAROLYN MARTEL

CAROLYN MARTEL

I received an awesome text message the other day from a dear friend. She is an intercessor and prays faithfully for others every day. She also realizes that our pastors could use a little encouragement from time to time, and her beautiful words express a message of thanks that I believe to be “word in due season” for pastors and for all of God’s servants who faithfully minister to others.

 

My friend wrote: “Thank you for the sacrifices you have made for God’s children; for the days you were tired and still got up and helped others. Thank you for remaining silent when you wanted to speak out and defend yourself. Thank you for going to the back, when you should have been in front. Thank you for loving, even when it hurt you. Thank you for smiling thru your tests, when your heart was broken. Thank you for walking straight when the lines were crooked. Thank you for never losing hope, when it looked hopeless and for being unselfish in a selfish world. Thank you for releasing God’s word, even to a deaf ear. Thank you for appreciating others, when they didn’t appreciate you. Thank you for your heart.”

 

These beautiful, inspiring words were sent to me by my friend, Wanda Rockhold. Beautiful words that I will never delete from my cell phone. I’ve also heard Wanda say, “Butterflies cannot see their wings.” Her point?  Butterflies cannot see how beautiful they are, but others can and so does the Lord Jesus. Your service to God and to others is a beautiful thing to behold. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, dear brother and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” 1 Corinthians 15: 58.  Amen!

 

Carolyn Martel retired from the Reporter in 2021 after 30 years as the advertising manager. Email her at carolynmartel1@bellsouth.net.