A Digital Help Toward Renewal from QuietWaters Ministries
Volume 10, Number 5
This month we have received a record number of inquiries about our Leadership Counseling Intensive program and many have scheduled to come to participate in a LCI at our Retreat Center. That has prompted me to ask for your prayers for these colleagues as well as the counselors and host couples that will be serving them.
Prayer is vital to the ministry of QuietWaters.
Double Honor – Highest Regard
by Jim Schlottman
This week I played hooky from work and attended the PRO-AM of the 2010 Senior PGA Tournament that is being held at the new Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado. The golf club is just a few miles from our new QuietWaters Retreat Center which is also in Parker. For those golfers attending a Leadership Counseling Intensive at the Retreat Center you won’t be able to play at the Colorado Golf Club because it is a private club. However other public courses are close by.
If you are not familiar with a PRO-AM, it is four amateur golfers playing with a touring professional player. The rumor was that each amateur paid $2,500 for the opportunity to play. For you golfers, they played a modified scramble they call a stramble.
To play as a professional in the Senior PGA you must be 50 years or older. Being over 50 myself I knew the names of most of the professional players. Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller, and Ben Crenshaw were just a few of the players I was able to see play.
As I watched the start of the PRO-AM I noticed something that I found very interesting. As the professional player was introduced there was loud applause, but when the amateurs were introduced there were only a few isolated hands clapping.
This scene reminds me of what James says in James 2:1, “My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.” Was the crowd showing favoritism? Remember the professional players are well known because they have played for many years and have demonstrated their expertise in golf. The crowd doesn’t know how well the amateur players can play. Only their close friends knew them, thus the scattered applause.
Now look at the words Paul says in 1 Timothy 5:17, “The elders who direct the affairs of the Church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching”. Or the words he wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13, “Now we ask you brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work”.
I don’t believe that favoritism is the same as showing double honor or holding in highest regard. There may have been a little of both taking place during the introductions at the PRO-AM. However, the professional players have worked hard at perfecting their ability at golf and they have played the game well. So they deserve to be respected for that ability.
Notice the qualifiers in the above verses. In 1 Timothy it says, “who direct the affairs of the Church well” and in 1 Thessalonians it says, “who work hard among you’. Also notice that the favoritism in James was bestowed because of wealth and wearing fine clothes, not service.
Although I would have preferred to have every player receive loud applause, I believe that it was understandable and even O.K. for the professionals to receive double the applause – double honor. They have played well and have worked hard at the game of golf. Yes, a few of them were wearing fine golf clothes, most of which was given to them by the manufacturer. The clothes were not the reason they were receiving applause.
In the church you are the professional. The one called to preach and teach. So as the professional golfers received loud applause, you are worthy of double honor and to be held in highest regard. I think it would be great if each Sunday as you stepped into the pulpit you received loud applause from your congregation. I’m sorry to say that’s not going to happen unless it is a special occasion.
However, you are worthy of double honor, because your work is preaching and teaching and you should be held in the highest regard in love because of your work. But before that statement goes to your head, remember the qualifiers. Those qualifiers are, “. . . who direct the affairs of the Church well are worthy” and “. . . those who work hard among you”.
For the past 10 years, from the founding of QuietWaters, it has been my soap box speech that every congregation should demonstrate both 1 Timothy 5:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13. Every day I talk with pastors where that is not happening, so I continue my speech at every opportunity.
My charge to you pastors is to continue to direct the affairs of the Church well and to work hard among your congregation. If your congregation responds by showing you double honor and holding you in highest regard that will be a blessing. But always remember that the Lord does.
GENE MEERDINK MEMORIAL
Gene Meerdink, former Director of Donor Care for QuietWaters Ministries passed away this April 29, 2010.
Gene served with his wife Arlene as missionaries to Mexico and as a supervisor of missionaries for the Reformed Church in America.
Many of you may have known Gene for his work with QuietWaters or you may have known him through his work in missions.
Therefore we wanted you to know of Gene passing.
The family has said that those wishing to honor Gene may contribute in his name to QuietWaters Ministries. To make an online memorial gift please CLICK HERE, fill in the Donor Information and in the Gift Designation window select the “Gene Meerdink Memorial Fund.”
Or mail your memorial gift to QuietWaters Ministries, 9185 E Kenyon Avenue, Suite 150, Denver, CO 80237.
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