Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ~Newt Gingrich
Sunday was a challenging day for us. My husband and I have made a difficult decision. We are leaving full-time, paid ministry in order to move back home near our parents.
Last fall and winter, our parents struggled with several major health issues. I spent a couple of months there taking care of things. My husband felt helpless so far away from his parents.
Now they are doing much better, but we are afraid it was a warning. It is time to go home.
We don’t have another job that we are going to. The plan is to open a Christian business where we can minister among the people.
Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” Colossians 4:17 NIV
Some say we are courageous to step out in such faith. Others say it is true love to be so devoted to our families.
I say it is another step in completing the ministry God has called us to.
Nearly thirty years ago, we started ministering to people from a variety of backgrounds. As time went on, we discovered God also gifted us with perseverance and tenacity. Now we are stepping deeper into the waters of diversity.
It will take devotion. Commitment. Faithfulness. Hard work.
But more than anything . . . it will take God.
What has God called you to do?
Are you still working toward the goal?
Will you complete it?
Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 2 Corinthians 8:11 NIV