It's a well known fact in my circles that this job of mine is not always easy on the family. And for many reasons that is true, late into the evening meetings, other people can just show up and get your instant attention, out when most of the family is at home. All this adds up over time.
But one of my senior pastors, Pastor John Rapp, put a really positive spin on it one day - and something I have always kept with me. Most people have to plan their family lives around their work, but for us in ministry, while we work hard, our schedules are often flexible. So we can actually plan our work/ministry around our family. And this really has been a gift to me over the years.
It means I have never missed one of Claira's recitals, it means that for many years I could pick up Austin from school in the middle of the day when things were not going well for him. And it has meant that for most of June I have had my kids around, and we've gone swimming every afternoon, and I've dropped Claira off at the playhouse each morning last week, and that while I was gone the majority of yesterday, Austin and I have just finished watching British Andy Murray win at Wimbledon.
Of course, a huge thank you goes out to all of you who have made this summer possible. I feel so blessed, as pastor, father and child of God. It is my prayer that each one of you will feel a similar blessing as you participate in ministry.