The nurse log is a log in the forest which once fallen serves as a base for the new trees to root and begin to grow. The nurse log provides sustenance for the new tree from its own body. As can be seen above, a nurse log can provide for the growth of numerous new trees. The nurse log then dwindles as the new trees get their sustenance from its "lifeblood."
The same can be said for certain saints; they serve as nurse logs for the newer believers; they help them to set their roots in Christ and begin to grow as followers of Him. They encourage new believers and assist them in finding helpful Scriptures for various situations. One big difference between these nurse log Christians and nurse logs in the forest is in the appearance of the two nurse log species as they age and work as nurse logs. In the forest, the nurse logs dwindle, but Christian nurse logs continue to grow as they support and encourage the new believer. They grow in stature in the Lord as they aid in His work of growing new believers. I fondly remember one nurse log in my home church, my grandmother, Grace Fisher. I sometimes believe that she was the nurse log for the whole congregation.
Is there a nurse log in your church, or is God calling you to that faithful position? If there is already a nurse log in your church, may I suggest that you grow closer to him or her. I'm sure your Christian experience will deepen, perhaps to the point where you will also become a nurse log.
"For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do" (NLT).
The Nurse Log