I’m really grateful this morning for significant spiritual leaders in my life…

I’m really grateful this morning for significant spiritual leaders in my life – those who have made a profound impact on my walk with the Lord. They came to my community, pastored a church that I attended, or somehow crossed my pathway and were a tool God used to bring me to Christ, contribute to my spiritual growth, met a need in my life or helped me through some phase or situation where I needed help. I could give you all their names but the list would be pretty long…

Thought of that this morning when I read what Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in the little church in Colossae…

“Tychicus…is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord! I have sent him to you…that he may encourage your hearts… Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, is always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.” (from Colossians 4:7-12)

Did you pick up on some of the key words – the characteristics of these spiritual leaders: “faithful minister, fellow servant, encourager, prayer warrior – brother (or sister)”? They are God’s agents for our encouragement, spiritual growth, strengthening and stability.

I’m grateful for every one of them and their contribution to my life! Aren’t you! I’m pausing right now during “Coffee with the Lord” and offering gratitude for them by name to my Heavenly Father. And I want to find some opportunities to tell them personally what a blessing they’ve been to me.

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