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“What’s this?” I asked Stan as he handed me a piece of paper.
“It’s a note I received in the mail yesterday,” Stan replied. “It’s from a fellow I used to get together with, just like you and I do. Go ahead and read it.” I did.
“I haven’t seen this fellow for several years,” Stan said. “We lost track of one another about a year after my wife and I moved here.”
Continuing, Stan said, “He went out of his way to find my address and drop me this note about how he is doing with his Christian walk. As you can see, he is doing well.”
“That must make you feel good,” I responded.
“Sure does,” Stan said. “It is a lot like what the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the church in Philippi about not feeling that what he did was pointless. This note from the fellow makes me feel that the time I spent with him was worthwhile. Not for me alone, but especially for him and for God.”
“And another thing that this fellow’s note did for me,” Stan continued, “is that it motivated me to send a note to the woman who was so instrumental in my coming to Christ. I let her know that she had not labored in vain.” [Note to Reader: See Posting Number 4.a., “Background.”]
“You know what else I am going to do?” Stan asked and then continued before I could respond. “I am going to find the contact information for the pastor who wrote that book that really got me started on a regular devotion time that resulted in my journaling. [Note to Reader: See Posting Number 15, “The Journal of the Journey.”] I want to let him know that he, too, did not labor in vain.”
“Is there anyone you should contact?” Stan asked.
Holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. Philippians 2:16.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the people you have brought into my life, people who went out of their way to help bring me to where you intend. Please help me to always be aware of wanting to encourage them by letting them know they did not labor in vain, but that what they did and are doing, is producing fruit for you and your church. Lead me and help me to follow in encouraging them. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.