IT… welcome. Perhaps our Church history students can answer the question of historical expectations. Brian, I look forward to your (and Bethany’s) return to full-time ministry as well. But please do not do so to prove anything. You know that I would love to hear fantastic stories of you and Bethany preaching, leading missions trips and, more importantly, caring for one another.
I wonder if many people think that God expects too much from them. It was shocking to hear that when Martin Luther King was killed at the age of 39, the coroner said that he had the heart of a 72 year old man. But did Dr. King do only the things that God intended him to take part in? Or did he do more?
We know that men and women in ministry carry a great burden. Each of us are called to pick up our cross daily. It would be difficult to carry a cross in a non-stressful way. But I have seen an unnecessary rush in people that Jesus did not demonstrate; a rush to be all things to all people. Insert “marathon running” sermon illustration here. This does not mean to always take the easier path or the less-stressful ministry opportunity. But there seems to be a pace that is somehow discerned through the Spirit.
Would the worship leader please come to the piano… there is a tremendous peace about my family’s pace right now. We could easily be in Huntington for another 10-15 years. If you were in my shoes you would be married to a wonderful woman and mother, you would have The Three Most Beautiful Children that God has ever created, a 4th Beautiful Child on the way, the coolest (and porous) house in Huntington County and opportunities at a Christian University that are more exciting than I could have imagined.
Every head bowed and every eye closed…