As you read Romans 16, you read a seemingly long list of names that mean absolutely nothing to the casual reader; but you have to go beyond the surface and look deeply into the lives of these thirty-six people and see how Paul had invested his life in them, mentored them, prayed for them, watched after them – and now here they are, all serving God because Paul had invested his life in others. There is no greater joy than investing your life into others for the glory of God.
his autobiography, Breaking Barriers,
syndicated columnist Carl Rowan tells about a teacher who greatly influenced
his life. Rowan relates: “Miss Thompson reached into her desk drawer and pulled
out a piece of paper containing a quote attributed to
✞ List those who invested their lives in you and send them a card of appreciation.