I had a marvelous weekend attending the Valley Church 50 Year Anniversary Celebration. Since I spent my growing up years at this church, I have many wonderful memories of events and people that all came rushing back. Two days of catching up with people who saw me grow up, who inspired me to serve the Lord in many ways, who worked alongside of me, and who allowed me to teach their children was quite the experience!
As I reflect on the weekend, I could go on and on (and then this post would never actually get finished), but two ideas are most prominent on my mind-the role of older Christians in my life and the importance and impact of a community driven by a vision to serve God.
During my time at Valley, God had me surrounded by faithful servants of His. How can I not be blessed and pointed to God through the lives of couples who continue to actively, daily, sacrificially serve God even while in their 80’s, widows who joyfully meet the daily needs of others in the body, and entire families who have dedicated so much of their lives to the service of the church? I can’t begin to name all of the people from Valley who have been an example and model to me as the list would just go on and on!
These many people are clearly living a life of purpose, driven by a vision to serve Christ and to see His kingdom advanced. I love the people who model Christian service in their faithfulness to their families, their dedication to local and world missions, their never-ending service to the church, and their genuine concern for the people in their lives. The Church’s theme verse for 50 years has been Colossians 1:18, “that in all things He might have the preeminence.”
Thank God for the many faithful people in His church!