Sometimes when you are a church leader, you have a conversation with a congregant that makes what you do worth it. Sometimes that person lets you know the difference you’ve made to them, and it is great when that happens.
But what I find even more exciting and interesting and strengthening is when someone lets you know how they are living their faith. When, in the course of a normal conversation, the person mentions how God was faithful in the situation they are facing, or how a passage of scripture impacted their week, or how their prayers were answered.
When that happens, it truly is a holy moment. And as a leader, it is what keeps us going on the days when it feels like no one is really getting what we are trying to teach.
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Matthew 5:13-16 NLT
That is what it is like when a congregant shares their faith journey with us, their leaders. It is like the salt that brings the flavour out in food, or like a light shining in the darkness.
These are good things to talk about, they are good thins to hear. So I encourage you to talk about your faith, to be salt and light, to honour Jesus as you do that and to be encouraging to those with whom you share these conversations.