My goodness, it has been a long time since I have written a blog post. I am thinking three to four months since I have stepped foot on this page. You know, most people think that summers are the worst (busiest) time for pastors and church staff. For those who have questions, let me clarify that winter and early spring are awfully busy also. We have been going non-stop since the end of January and we are still putting the pedal to the metal.
However, since Christmas there has been a lot of changes going on in my family’s life. For those of you that do not know, Kaylee and I found out around the first week of January that we are expecting our first child. Talk about change!
This has already got me to thinking about many different things in my life.
Over the summer at Trinity Camp, I very clearly remember being around a bonfire with some 100 teenagers, hearing them tell of how Christ has changed their lives by way of salvation, rededication, etc. I remember seeing some children who said something like,
“My parents are alcoholics and would never let me set foot in church. But thankfully, my youth pastor came and knocked on my door and invited me to church and church camp. Because of him bringing me here, I got saved.”
As I heard this, I couldn’t help but think about a couple of things. 1) My Godly raising and heritage. It is no accident that I am a third generation FWB minister. I thank God that my family has raised me to think highly of the calling God has placed on my life. Also, I thank God for how he strategically placed me in the hands and care of Tim and Janie Campbell. I could not have asked for better parents growing up. They were the perfect balance of discipline and love while I was living at home. 2) My future children. As I heard these teenagers talk about their shattered home life, I kept thinking to myself, “I do not want my children to miss Heaven because of me.” I sat there weeping for my unborn children that would be coming along a little sooner than expected (six months later, we found out we were pregnant). I wept because I did not want my children to go to hell.
In all seriousness, I do not want you to think that I am boasting about how spiritual I am about my children, because in all fairness I fail constantly in this area of family discipleship. However, God is teaching me that this change can change me just as much as it can change my world around me. There is so much that I have already learned from Kaylee being pregnant, and there is so much more to learn as we grow closer to seeing our baby boy for the first time.
Change is not always a bad thing. In fact, I believe change is always good. Why? It is because God has our best interest in mind. The Lord is always coming along-side us to help us get through this little journey we call life. And believe it or not, He is the Architect of all the changes that occur in our lives. Whether they are tough, hard, painful, joyful, or happy changes, God is the Creator of each one and has a plan for them all. Sometimes it is hard to trust when things get hard or when you don’t know what to do, but always remember this one truth:
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.“