There's more than this world has to offer.
It's something I have heard over and over and know...in my head. But it wasn't until recently that it moved to my heart. I have always prided myself on my humility...figure that one out. I have been a seeker of pleasure, and have found it in the "feeling" of God things.
I know this might seem like rambling and whatever...it may be, but what it is getting at is that God is doing some crazy cool things in my life and my family's life right now. We are about to welcome our first child, Charlee Hope, into this world. Heck the sooner the better, but at this point we are 4 days away from the due date. And then beyond that, God is taking us away from our family and our friends and our church here to do things for Him elsewhere.
Recently my friend and mentor Dustin announced that he and his fam will be vacating the student ministry position at NorthWood and moving to Superior, CO to work with Cool River Church up there. I'm really happy for him, though I will miss them tremendously. For years my dream has been to be on staff at NW in the Student ministry and now the opportunity was open. Only shortly thereafter did I find out that my accountability partner Brandon was taking the position.
Now don't get me wrong. I am super pumped for Brandon and Shannon, Hannah and Moses. The church is better off for having hired them. But I would be lying if I said that I didn't wonder why I had not been looked at for the position. Still I am not sure why, but...God knows what's up. That being said, I have been thinking lately about how difficult it is going to be to leave our family and the students we have worked with for years to go out to Abilene where God has been calling us to do youth ministry out there with an awesome church, Trinity Baptist Church.
Long story I know...but it boils down to this. A week ago, we sang a song written by Brent Minter, Michael Farren, and Kyle Lee and the bridge says, "Where You lead me, where You need me, I will go." That second phrase ripped my heart in two. I have been focusing for so long on what I want and what I think would be the best scenario for my family. But God has been opening up my heart recently to show me that He has gifted me in certain ways and given me knowledge by the grace of His Son to send me to a place and a church and a ministry that is in serious need of a Spirit injection.
You gotta know...I am not equipped, but He is. And by His grace, He will lead that student ministry to new heights never imagined. I am just fortunate to get to be a part of this.
Please pray for Sadie, Charlee, and I as we transition. It will be hard, no doubt, but it will be so fun. Pray that where we move, God would have been preparing us and them for His movement. He is so Great!