This week, three friends got together to find words that would describe why they desired to honor Pastor Steve for his upcoming birthday. And although points weren't the goal, the words themselves are a reward to Pastor for living a life worthy of honor.
Encouragement - by David Roman
I think many would see praise as the epitome of encouragement but what makes Pastor Steve such an interesting person is his uncanny method of encouragement. Hang with Pastor long enough and he has the habit of challenging you to “Think Bigger, Believe for Better and Always Do More”, and not because you want to but because you have to! Comfortable gets you what ya got and it keeps you where you are.
We are not called to the comfortable or convenient, we are called to be transformative agents in the world we live in. If Pastor sees that potential in you, he is bold enough to challenge you to heights you might not think you could reach so when you do arrive your reliance on God has grown, your commitment to yourself has been elevated and you know that you were never alone (cause Pastor was pulling you up to enjoy the view). The ability to draw the best out of you even when you don’t know what that is; that’s best and truest picture of encouragement.
Integrity – by Armando Gomez
2000 years ago, a certain Man named Jesus did not only what he HAD to do, He did what was RIGHT; right by His Father, right by His calling and right by us. In doing what was right, He set an unprecedented example of love, grace and mercy that we still benefit from today.
Many men have been called to carry the mantle of this great Man and I have been privileged to watch; better-said experience, how it is that a mere man could carry such a weight. It is by Integrity; the ability to be honest, truthful & reliable…in a great sense, upright.
In my life, this upright man is my Pastor; Pastor Steve Alessi. And on his birthday I see it quite fitting to honor him; to bring tribute to him. It is because of the way that he carries himself; with integrity, that he has been so instrumental in affecting my life and the lives of so many others for the better.
For 15 years now, he has been doing not only what he HAS to do, he’s been doing what is RIGHT; right by his Father, right by us…right by me. He has set the same example of love, grace and mercy that I still benefit from today. He carries this mantle, and has done so daily; with Integrity…and for that I am a changed man and forever grateful.
Loyalty - by Mory Martinez
24 years ago this Christmas I walked into Grace Church of Kendall and met Pastor Steve for the very first time. You can imagine that through these years I have watched his life play out, including all the good and bad stuff that comes along the way. I also have witnessed his response to the good and bad happening to those around him. And if I had to summarize in one word who Pastor is to me, that word would be loyal. In the midst of a fire, Pastor Steve doesn't walk away. In the midst of a trial, Pastor Steve doesn't retreat. In the midst of a worthy fight, Pastor Steve doesn't throw in the towel. When adversity comes, he is at his best and remains steadfast, faithful and true to his calling. Loyalty comes naturally to him because of his genuine love for people and his sincere desire to see us walk in God's blessings. Thank you Pastor Steve for never giving up and for modeling to us what true love is - making sure we too stay loyal to receive God's best.
This weekend Pastor Steve will be celebrating his 51st Birthday and we have an opportunity to honor him for who he is including his demonstration of encouragement, integrity and loyalty in our lives. Remember to pray for him and ask God how you too can give him honor in words and deeds for the gift he is to you and your family.
Give double honor to spiritual leaders who handle their duties well. This is especially true if they work hard at teaching the word of God. 1 Timothy 5:17
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