Those women who work hard in the Lord.
                             —Romans 16:12

Pioneer aviator Orville Wright was once asked to speak at a conference of acclaimed scientists. He refused, allegedly saying, “I’m not a parrot. The parrot is the best talker and the worst flier in the bird kingdom.”

Over the years, I’ve attended numerous tribute ceremonies where someone was lauded for their service and contributions—well-deserved recognition.

On such occasions, I invariably think of those who receive no recognition: never been honored with a plaque or certificate of thanks, but who serve faithfully, sacrificially, and consistently.

Paul named twenty-four such people in Romans 12. You’ve never heard of most of them. For instance, he recognizes “Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord.” Who?

Here’s to you, dear friend—you who serve quietly, unheralded. We couldn’t make it without you.

Hats off to those who work the night shift.


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