One of the most common conversations I have with people is the discussion of how to balance a family’s busyness with serving and being involved in the church. If we’re honest, it’s an issue for most of us. I used to say it was worse for those with young families, but as Kim and I now have a household of teens, I am seeing the activities don’t decrease with age, it’s just a different kind of busy.
When you’re in ministry, there are days that seem like losses and there are days that seem like wins. Before you say it, as a good Calvinist, I know God is sovereign and He always wins. But it doesn’t mean the ebbs and flows of life in a fallen world don’t impact us. This is obviously true for anyone, in full time ministry or not. For me, when the day in question seem to affect something as large as the Kingdom of God and something as intimate as my faith in Christ, the losses can sting in ways that are hard to explain and the wins can encourage you in ways that are deep and profound. With that in mind, I am so very happy to say that this past Sunday was a win at Creekside. Why? Did a city wide revival break out? Did we see the church flooded with new families. No, none of these. It was a win because, in the words of a dear brother I respect, we as a church “went across the street”, literally and figuratively.