Looking at the calendar, next month (October) is officially the designated time set aside to honor our Pastors and let them know how significant they are to our spiritual growth. It really doesn’t matter whether you choose to do it in October, February or July – the words of gratitude are always welcome in what many times seems to be a thankless job. Believe me, I’ve seen this first hand growing up as a Preacher’s Kid.
Last Saturday, I had the distinct privilege of watching a church body gather together to honor a man who had led that church for nearly 40 years. It was clearly evident that this pastor’s sphere of influence had gone far beyond the membership of his flock. Listening to family members, co-workers and ministry associates share their laughs, tears and memories gave each of us insight into the life of a Godly leader to be emulated by us all. You might say that it was similar to a roast at a 50th birthday or retirement party.
However, that’s not the case. In fact, the event was a memorial service in honor of the life and ministry of Dr. C. Mark Corts, pastor emeritus of Calvary Baptist Church of Winston-Salem. As someone who had only met Dr. Corts a handful of times, I was deeply impacted by the outpouring of testimony that reflected from a lifetime expression of God’s love.
Dozens of pastors who had sat under the mentoring of Dr. Corts. Family and staff who daily experienced the love and joy he expressed in first-hand fashion. Church members grieving the passing of their shepherd to greener pastures. All giving praise to the Lord for the legacy of faith that reached into every life.
You would think that the Spirit’s presence would be obvious every time we are among believers, but sometimes it’s more evident in extreme circumstances. Three hours of memories left me with a renewed zest for life and ministry realizing that every moment God gives us is a divine appointment to reflect His Glory. “Growing weary in well-doing” cannot be an option…
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