Last Thursday I headed to Nova Scotia. This was my second trip, and I was excited about returning to minister to the ladies who would come to Forest Glen Bible Camp for their annual Ladies’ Retreat. I’ll share more about that later, but I have to say that one of the biggest blessings of the trip was that God provided a friend to go along with me.
What does a friend do who accompanies you on a trip? They simply go with you, right? She did far more than that!
- She walked through the “muck” (deep, sloshy mud) to run off my outlines when they didn’t make it to camp in our luggage.
- She made sure I had a coffee drink while traveling and insisted on buying it for me.
- She walked through the muck to give messages to others on my behalf.
- She reminded me of details – “take your water bottle to the podium, don’t forget to tell the ladies about your blog, that ladies’ name was _______.”
- She encouraged me.
- She prayed for me.
- She served the other ladies who attended the retreat.
- She snapped pictures of everything that happened and of the ladies I talked to, so I’d remember them better.
- She always put herself last.
- She was always concerned more about my needs than her own. “How’s your head?” was a common question!
- She laid my clothes out for me before the first service and cut all the tags off and opened the containers of the new items I had to buy because our luggage came a day after we did.
- She made it easier for me to serve God in this retreat!
I could go on,, but I think you see what a blessing she was to me. She was such a joy to travel with!
I thought about Paul in Philippians 2 when he said,
Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
My friend, Kellie was just like Epaphroditus was to Paul. She was my companion in this labor at the retreat. She ministered to my wants and was a fellowsoldier; also caring for the souls of others.
I’m writing this post to say what a blessing to have friends like her! I know other women who would do that very kind of service for me or other friends.
Do you have a friend like that? Maybe today would be a good day to get a hold of her and say thank you! Then, are you a friend like that? Kellie makes me realize that I could do a whole lot more for others!
We are like Christ, and like Epaphroditus when we put others before ourselves. How’s that going in your life? Who are you seeking to serve today so that they can do more effectively what God has called them to do? Let’s be an Epaphroditus to someone today!