Our little family and life feels so different than others our age/life stage and also exactly the same. Some days we dream about the future and hope it entails a home with a yard that is overflowing with college students that we pour ourselves into as we together walk towards Jesus. Other days we wonder how we can ever make “plans” for the future because we’ve had so many unexpected turns that it’s almost laughable. Almost.
Last week, Cory and I got to serve with Super Summer, a ministry camp that we love dearly and is so very special to us personally. We met at Super Summer and have continually been blessed by the relationships with other ministers we’ve made while serving. Last week is the most time I’ve had in almost 2 years to sit for a week straight without distraction during worship services. To be honest it was weird and I felt really vulnerable. But, God used that week to solidify something I’ve been wrestling with for awhile now: How do we balance Cory’s health with this ministry life we’ve been called to?
I don’t have the answer, but I do have some strong convictions about the way we should live. Our focus in life is not our health. There are times and seasons that it is more at the forefront, but pursuing health in itself is not satisfying. Do we need to eat well and exercise? Absolutely. But this is not our goal in life. We do not know what tomorrow holds but we know our purpose. Our lives are meant to be spent for the sake of the gospel. So, while it is tempting to arrange our days by smoothies, herbal remedies, naps, homemade everything and only engaging positive people. This is not the life Cory & I feel called to. We are most satisfied in our souls when we are working together to sow seeds of the gospel. Honestly, I’ve been so convicted about being wrapped up in “life” that I’m sure I’ve missed so many opportunities to speak life into those who have crossed my path. So, this is my way of asking you to pray for us as we ask God for wisdom and direction for engaging people.
Just to clarify, we’re not abandoning Dr’s appointments or working on our discipline with eating & exercise, we’re just readjusting our focus.
“For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God”.
-2 Corinthians 4:15
2 Corinthians 4:15-18