Sep 9, 2012

Day 7

 

Day 7 - September 9, 2012

I’ll never forget the time when I told my wife that I knew God was calling me into the Pastoral Ministry. I was a bit nervous.  It would mean big changes for our family.  It would mean leaving our friends and selling our home.  It would mean moving to St. Louis and living in a small apartment.  It would mean the loss of my income.  In other words, it would mean major changes for our whole family.

I remember breaking the news to her.  She stood there looking at me and then she said these words, “Well, it’s about time”.  In other words, she would be with me and help me with the whole journey. I can’t begin to describe how important that was to me.  Many men fail in seminary not because the coursework is difficult, but because it is too difficult for the family. 

That is what a calling is all about.  When you know without a shadow of a doubt that you are doing what God has called you to do, you can get through just about anything.  Over the last few years our congregation has spent an incredible amount of time, effort, passion, money, and talents into purchasing land and working with the County to get approvals.  It hasn’t always been easy and it certainly has taken its toll.  But I think about the generations of people who will come to know our Savior as a result of the work we do and I am convinced that God is leading us in this direction.  That makes all the difference in the world.  Won’t you join me in prayer.

“Gracious God, it your work isn’t always easy.  But it is light.  For you did the hard work in sacrificing your Son so that He would walk with us in every journey of life.  Be with all those who toil in your field and give them strength.  Continue to bless all families that doing your work they might draw closer to you and to each other.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen”