Just some random thoughts and happenings of late:
A dear friend texted me today and asked if I would like to pray for her upcoming trip to Malaysia! My answer could never be anything other than of course! Lisa has spent the last few summers traveling to Malaysia and leading a team in sharing the gospel of Jesus through basketball and developing relationships while there. Here is a pic of Lisa from last year with some of the folks she was with:
Constantly reminded of the good friends we have and the relationships that have been developed over the past few years. Here are a few examples:
1. Thankful for friends who are still helping me look for full-time employment. Ryan over at Florida Fowler is a great friend and has begun writing again. He has been on the lookout for me even though it might not always be easy!
2. Thankful for friends who care about our finances. This past week I had some car trouble – thought it was going to cost me a lot of $$ to get it running. Josh and Brandi Hignight offered to drive to Inverness on their anniversary weekend so Josh could fix my car. Unselfish friends wanting to help us.
3. I’ve shared before about our friend Matthew who has opened up his home to us for a place to stay as needed as we commute each week to Tallahassee. Having a houseguest each weekend for about 18 months can’t be easy – even if I am the guest! Trying to give him a break for a month or so during the summer as we stay in our son’s apartment as needed.
Father’s Day was a blast for me. I always enjoy spending time with Cyndi, Meghan and Ethan. This past weekend was no exception. I have the best wife and children a husband and father could ask for! Meghan even posted a picture of us from many years ago on one of her own blogs, The Life of Mugs!
Reminded this week of the value in investing in others. You may never know how much impact you can have on those around you! And the impact others will have on you!
I have a confession.
I had begun to feel sorry for myself the last few weeks. This unemployment thing was beginning to get to me. Nine months without a paycheck was starting to affect my self esteem. I was questioning a lot of different things – not the least of which was my judgement! Afterall I am a husband and a father and I still have financial responsibilities in this life!
About the same time as I began this self pity party, God provided some areas for Cyndi and I to take a huge leadership role in. Our church is faced with some good issues – ones that come with rapid growth. Our experience and knowledge are going to prove valuable in these areas.
The first area God has shown me we can lead is in finances. Finances? I know I just admitted to being unemployed for more than nine months! But God is bigger than employment! Cyndi and I have had the opportunities over the past two weeks to share our faith in God to provide, to be bigger than any financial issue and to encourage others to give – yes, to give. To give obediently, to give gladly, to give without regret, to view giving as not only a responsibility but an opportunity – an opportunity to worship!
Everything I have, everthing I have ever had and everything I may have in the future is His. He has entrusted me with a lot of resources. What I do with them is a test. One I hope to pass!
God doesn’t need our money. It’s his to begin with.
As Cyndi and I share the responsibility and blessing of giving, it’s our hope that others will begin to grow and understand that God wants to use our resources as we give them back to him – as we surrender ourselves to Him.
We often think that giving is a financial issue – and to some who have become slaves to debt, it appears to be a financial issue. But giving is really a heart issue – it’s a measure of our relationship with God. Not that if we give a larger $$ amount than anyone else we have a better relationship with God – not that at all. But our love for God and our relationship with Him should be evident in all areas of our lives – the things we treasure show our true love.
God used the past two weeks to show me He has some great things in store for us. I really am excited to see what it will be!