There is an occasion for everything,and a time for every activity under heaven: …a time to plant, and a time to uproot. Eccl. 3:1-2
I really don’t think I can say it better than Clay did in his letter that appeared in the FBC e-news this week (if you haven’t read it, click that link!) But if you know me, you know I can’t skip over the topic, either:) The short of it is that Clay has accepted a position as Associate Pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church in Dallas.
It’s Wednesday, but somehow a funny list just doesn’t seem appropriate. I could write a list of some of my most favorite memories from the past 8 1/2 years we’ve been at FBC Midlothian. It would include (but not be limited to):
Wednesday nights in The Loft
drive-in movie nights
small group with jrs. and srs. upstairs at our house
staff wife get-togethers
SLACC (Sunday Lunch @ Clay & Cynthia’s)
9 ladies’ retreats
big bonfires in the backyard
senior mission trip to Lanai, HI
3 years of Home for the Holidays
and a whole lot of people who have let us pour into their lives as they’ve poured into ours.
The problem is that each one could be an entire blog post in and of itself. So, instead, I think I’ll just summarize and say that we have made some lifelong friendships and will carry a lot of great memories with us as we go.
Probably the single greatest evidence of the spiritual impact FBC has had on our family is happening now, right in front of us. The way the kids have handled the news of our move is nothing short of awesomtastic. Abby has many close friends in Midlothian with whom she spends much time. She loves her youth group at church, and has been playing summer basketball at MHS. But she hasn’t voiced one negative word. When I told her that her new youth group would be much smaller, she said, “Well, maybe I can help with that.” This past weekend when we were at Lakeside in view of a call, she jumped right in. That’s not a reflection of personality or positive attitude; it’s a reflection of her relationship with Christ. At 14, she recognizes her own role as a member of His church, and is ready to go and to serve wherever He leads.
Obviously, the move has less impact on Brandon since he is heading to College Station in a few weeks; still, it’s no fun to watch your family pack up the place you call home when you’re taking off on your own for the very first time. He, also, has been incredibly supportive, even taking the initiative to go find Abby at Super Summer a couple of weeks ago during worship to pray over her.
So I’m excited about the new opportunity God is putting in front of us. More than anything else in life, I want to follow Jesus wherever He leads. I know that always involves uprooting some really great things along the way. But that’s okay, because I’ve been reminded as I’ve watched my kids the last few months that God planted the stuff that matters most; and no one can ever uproot that.