John the apostle, in writing to his friend Gaius, shared the following words:
"It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." (3 John 3,4)
It sounds like people were coming to John and saying, "John, have you heard about Gaius? He is on fire for Jesus! He loves the truth and is chasing after it. You ought to see this guy! God is doing amazing things in his life." They were gossiping about their brother...but in a good way. Word was getting out that this brother was gettin' it done for the Lord.
As a pastor, I have to tell you, that it gives me great joy to hear stories of success and stories of faith. So I thought we'd try something. Here's what we'll do. Think of somebody that is gettin' it done for the Lord, someone who is noticeably growing in their faith, someone who is standing strong in the face of adversity, and let's gossip about them. Post a comment and share what it is you see in them that causes you to well up with joy. Use their name and hopefully it will get back to them. And maybe this gossip circle will bless someone's socks off instead of tearing them down.
Tony Kemper - I love his positive attitude and servants heart. What an inspiration!
Joe Rollins - He is finally pursuing God's calling for ministry and I'm so stinking excited for him. He has stepped out of the boat, his eyes are on Jesus and for now, he's walking on water:)
Jeremy Kane - I love this guy and I've been so blessed to work with him. He's creative beyond belief and is so eager to learn and grow. Just in the three or four months that I've been at GCC I've seen him grow a ton.
I could add to this list and probably will make some posts to the comment section at a later date. Keep checking back and keep sharing your stories. Let's start something here!