When I was a little girl, I remember seeing a small plaque on the receptionist’s counter of an office. It said this . . .
This is a funny saying, but how many know it is true? Either our coming or our going can bring joy to others.
This is a Biblical principle which can also found in 2nd Corinthians. In chapter seven, we find Paul and his companions traveling around preaching the gospel. This was no easy task, as they experienced conflicts and fears, oppression and affliction. That is until Titus arrived. This co-laborer brought them much joy! 2nd Corinthians 7:6 says
“But God, Who comforts and encourages and refreshes and cheers the depressed and the sinking, comforted and encouraged and refreshed and cheered us by the arrival of Titus.” –Amplified Bible
God is the One who brings comfort. In fact, another name for the Holy Spirit is the Comforter. Yet, he also encourages us, refreshes us when we are weary and flat out cheers us up when we are down. Make no mistake, He can do this all on His own. That’s the kind of living God we serve. However, you have probably experienced, just like I have, when He uses someone else to be “Jesus with skin on”. A flesh and blood person right before you to give you a hug, tell you a joke, let you know they believe in you and that everything is going to be OK. A “Titus” if you will.
A couple of weeks ago, I was completely overwhelmed by life and ministry. Nothing was going right and I was in a complete funk. I was seeking and trusting God, but day after day went by and I couldn’t seem to break free. Does that ever happen to you?
I finally broke down and called a dear friend who lives out of town and also serves in ministry. I caught her driving in the car and she asked if she could call me after she arrived at her destination. I said, “No problem” and waited for her call. I went about my business and after about 30 minutes I realized she never called me back. I was tempted to get my feelings hurt, (and thought I had every right to since I was in such a fund *smile*) but decided not to get offended and sent her a text instead that said, “Did you forget about me? :)” Within minutes she called back, apologizing for forgetting me. We then proceeded to have a great talk where she listened as I poured out my heart. She encouraged me by giving me words of comfort and encouragement and ended our conversation with prayer. God used her to be a “Titus” to me in that moment. The next morning when I awoke, the fog had lifted and I was ready to move forward in the life and ministry God has called me to.
What about you? Do you have a Titus or two you can call upon when you need encouragement to move forward in the ministry God has called you to? Who are those people? Why not send them a text right now and thank them for their ministry to you. . .
Who can you be a Titus to? Look around you. Who are the women God has called to serve Him in ministry? How can you comfort, encourage, refresh and cheer them on? Why not send them a text right now and let them know you are there for them and believe in them. . .
Let’s be women who bring joy to others by our arrival in their lives!
Your Friend in Ministry,