A Youth Ministry Move

by gary-foote on August 9, 2010

For those of you who read my blog on a regular basis, I owe you an apology. As you know, it’s been a while since I last wrote. I’m sorry for the lapse in updates.

The past six weeks have brought much change to my life and ministry. I had the blessing of receiving three job offers to relocate to my home state of California and begin a new chapter in ministry. Through much prayer, thought, and discussion, my wife and I discerned that after ten years it was time to move back to be near family and friends beginning a new chapter in ministry. Anyone who has moved knows that three words must be lived during the moving process in order to remain sane: change, flexibility, and patience. This particular cross-country move challenged me to the limits in all three of these areas. There were cancelled plane flights, three separate car accidents (one vehicle was totaled, thank God no one was hurt), and a lot of damaged household items. After each “incident” occurred, I had to ask God one question, “Lord, what are you trying to teach me in this moment?” Often times the response was “Trust in me.” To make a long story short, we are all here in California safely and are extremely blessed to be near family and friends once again. By the grace of God, our ministry is going very well too!

Looking back on everything that has taken place, I have had to ask myself, “What am I doing to allow God to ‘move’ me closer to Him?” Am I allowing Him to ‘change’ me from the inside out? Am I being ‘flexible’ in following His will and plan for my life, or do I too often think that my ways make more sense than His? Am I being ‘patient’ with God? Do I show my gratitude to Him for being ‘patient’ for me? The same three key words of my cross-country move (change, flexibility, and patience) have become the catalyst for examining a spiritual move from what is familiar in my spiritual life into something that has the potential of leading me into a much deeper intimacy with God.

My invitation to you is to ask yourself the question, “Is it time for a move?” Most likely it is not time for a physical move, but we can all benefit from an occasional spiritual move. I pray that if it is your time for a spiritual move that God will bless you abundantly as you embrace all that He has to offer to you. Be open to change, be flexible, be patient, and most of all, be holy!

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