Yesterday I was asked by Cathy Hsu, of Second Harvest Food Bank, to join her at the Santa Cruz City Council. Our church has been partnering with Second Harvest’s “Passion for Produce” program to use our church location as a satellite distribution center for fresh fruit and produce to those who are food insecure. Cathy asked me to come as a city resident and community leader to thank the Council for the grants they provide to the program and ask them to keep on giving.
I like to pray any time God gives me an opportunity to speak. So I asked God, “What do you want me to say with my given 2 minutes?” God made it very clear, “Thank the Council not only for their grants to Second Harvest, but personally thank them for their service to your city.” That was kinda of funny actually, because if you could hear some of the things I have privately said about leadership in the city it wouldn’t lead you to think I would thank anyone. But God made it very clear to me, “You kinda don’t know what you think you know, and you kinda don’t understand what you think you understand. Truth is Andy, I’m not sure you’d do any better than they do. So thank them! They often hear complaints and they rarely hear a thank you.” I got the message, and I’ve learned God knows better than me. So I stood up with Cathy, I publicly thanked the honorable Mayor Don Lane and the City Council for their public service to our city, and I thanked them for the grants they gave to Second Harvest. Do you know what happened when I was done? As I walked away from the podium, Mayor Don Lane addressed me personally and said, “And I want to thank you for your service in our community!” Pretty cool huh? The whole thing reminded me of Paul’s words in Romans 13: 6-7 – “For the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full-time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”