When does it become more than enough for you?
More than enough Money? Power? Love? Food? Drink? Other vises? Shopping? Spending? Serving others above yourself?
How do we look outside ourselves to help and love on others and forsake those things that could easily be placed aside to show our families and our friends how important following Jesus is?
It's not sitting in a church or attending church for that matter. You can sit in church and not get anything out of it except check it of your list of things to do. Maybe it's your social time of the week and it's important in that area of your life, great.
Let me share some of our story with you. Just in case you wondered who we are. I have worked in ministry many years, volunteer or paid. Steve as well. Our last church job, the Lord called us out to go bring in the one sheep that got away. Here's the scripture that backs that.
Luke 15New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
The Parable of the Lost Son11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’
20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring[b] out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”
He was there in our walk!
Every day we would look out at the travel trailer and say, man we miss the campground ministry. We miss the life we had. Lord, we are thankful for all you have given us and showed us but we really miss that life. In December of 2014, the Lord began to speak louder. He called us back into this ministry, mission field. In January of 2015, we began to experience great shake ups in our marriage, in our work, in every aspect of life. We put the house on the market at the end of January. In one month, we had an offer for the asking price. We actually had 3 put two fell through. We had given notice for our jobs, that was tough. So tough. We have great friends we had made and I loved my school parents and children, it was hard to face. The ups and downs, the travels we made. The lives we touched and the love we have for the Lord.
Our rewards have been great! We ended up in Beaver UT to work in a KOA. We did things on our "bucket list" that we would have not done for years. We saw the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion, we went through UT, from South to North. We got to see my mom and the kids. We went to Phoenix AZ for a school for a week and got to see the desert, it was incredible how this land changes from sea to shining sea. From mountain to mountains, it does not look the same.
It's really time to see what God does in your life don't you think? What are two things He has done for you so far this year? Can you find 10 things you are grateful for? Can you name one thing you can do for Him? Can you name more than that? Let me know what you think?