Layton Dutton: Loving more and more

By Layton Dutton, Associate Pastor of Youth

Calvary Baptist Church

When most of you read this I will be well on my way to Georgia to a new job and a new adventure. When I first came to Evart I considered it a stepping stone to something bigger. Yet, over the years, it has become so much more. It has become a training ground, a community, a place of growth, a gathering of friends, a home, a family. It has become a place that I love.

Over the last 17 years, I have been through joys and sorrows, births and deaths, children playing and then graduating, and so much more. I’ve seen a community surround those who were going through tragedy and turn out in droves for celebrations. I’ve witnessed school championships and been able to be with students struggling through class. There have been many meals, games, figure 8 races, fairs, concerts, meetings at local restaurants and a love that grew deeper and deeper over the years.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 Paul tells that church, “Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more.”

The church in Thessalonica were showing love, yet Paul wanted them to continue to do that and to do it even more. He even said in Romans 13:8, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another.” You can never say that you have loved someone enough. You always need to love “more and more.”

I am very thankful for the love I experienced from many in Evart and the surrounding communities. Don’t allow that love to be something that fades away. I plan to take it with me to the next community and will continue to have it for those I leave behind in Evart. Thank-you for your love for me over the last 17 years. I now, like Paul, urge you to keep on loving those in your community more and more. May God help us all to show His love to those around us more and more each day.

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