I just wanted to take a moment to write and let you know that your volunteer efforts are greatly appreciated here in the church.
You have taken time from the "busy-ness" of your own schedule to participate in ministry opportunity here at First Christian Church. While the church has greatly benefited from your service, please understand that God Himself sees and rewards those who diligently work for Him with little or no regard for earthly recognition.
At times it may seem that much of the work is "behind the scenes", and no one really cares. I must encourage you and remind you that in reality it is God that we are working for, and all glory and honor should go directly to Him. Our lives of service can have a tremendous impact on the wondering world around us: Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was interviewed near the close of his life. This is what he said: "God had all there was of me. There have been others who had greater plans, greater opportunities than I; but from the day I got a vision of what God could do, I made up my mind God would have all there was of William Booth." -- Robert C. Shannon, 1000 Windows, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing Company, 1997).
Again, thank you, and if there is anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Rev. John Doe
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