Monday, April 17, 2017
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build up, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
I have been pondering and studying this verse and trying to understand why God has placed this verse on my heart so often in these past few months. Isn’t it crazy how God has a reason and a time for all things. I think we would all agree that sometimes it is hard to understand the reason and the timing because it does not fit into what we had planned. But God has the masterplan and sometimes we just have a hard time seeing it. The proper activity at the right time, bringing about God’s purposes, is a beautiful part of God’s overall plan.
For instance, a tapestry, viewed from the back, seems a chaotic and unlovely work; but the maker of the tapestry has a wise purpose for the placement of each thread. I found this to be an interesting thought as we have been moving through this year of many questions and uncertainty.
I have been leading a girl’s senior high Bible study this year and began a study on the book “Love Does,” by Bob Goff. What an amazing book that reminds us that we need to keep and create JOY in our lives. We need to embrace the idea of change, we need to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance.
Youth ministry has been part of my life and dance for over 20 years (ugh…that just aged me). It has been one of the most amazing, challenging, rewarding and uplifting journeys that words cannot really explain. But I can say, that my time as the youth director at Charity Lutheran will be the years that I will treasure the most. Not because I was able to follow my passion in youth ministry, but because of the unbelievable staff, youth and families at Charity that have touched my life. My love for you all is beyond words and I consider you family.
Throughout this year, God has continually placed on my heart that there truly is a time for everything and sometimes there are things in life that aren’t meant to stay. Sometimes change may not be what we want, yet sometimes change is what we need. My decision to resign my position as Charity’s youth director has been a hard but exciting decision…
Let me explain. I am leaving my paid position at Charity to open more doors for crazy, wonderful new individuals to have the same amazing opportunities that I had. I am so excited for the changes that are happening and eager for the new individuals that will be stepping into the youth ministry roles at Charity. I am eager to mentor and support these individuals and look forward to watching a new generation of youth leaders following their passion to touch the lives of our Charity youth.
I will be entering a new life adventure and will be putting on a hard hat (preferably pink) and working with my husband in his construction business building homes. The company has been growing like crazy and he is needing my help. So, I guess I get to drive him crazy every day. Ha Ha!
My last day as a Charity employee will be July 31. This summer, I will continue to lead the Minneapolis Mission trip and the Guatemala Mission trip and will be working with the new Charity youth leaders to help them prepare for the upcoming year!
This week Sam and I will be addressing everyone at the WOW service and upcoming Sunday services. I feel that it is important that you hear from our hearts and understand that even though at this moment we may be looking at the messy, chaotic back side of a tapestry, we need to know that the Maker has a wise and purposely laid-out plan for something amazing.
Thank you all for your unbelievable support, generosity and love during my crazy, awesome and wonderful years as your youth director.