I have to be honest as the summer draws to an end, I am so thankful. Happy that some sense of order and consistent, productive activity is about to take place. Blame it on my first born, type A, introvert personality but my grace towards overt chaos is running out. Can anyone relate?
As I stood in praise and worship this past Sunday I relished the sung words from Hillsong’s You Are Near, “We’re changed from glory to glory.” I can’t help but notice the changes in me. I am so different than even a year ago.
One of the most challenging changes for me is that I no longer work alone. And in the natural, working alone is certainly, hands down my preference. When I worked outside the home I made the assessment, decisions and intervened as I was taught, in my higher education coupled with experience in my field. Sure, I consulted with other disciplines but what I did in those hours was my own. I received evaluations and a paycheck for my efforts which validated my labour.
Now, as we have submitted to the Lord’s leading in our life for the present, my whole family works together, as a unit all the time. Now the decisions are no longer just mine to make but the whole of us. Living Our Dream is now a family affair.
Not all God-callings are individual; indeed I believe it is also in our marriages and in our families that we can make Him famous on this planet earth. It is on these platforms where more strength is seen in numbers. I couldn’t do this; live out this God-calling of fostering without my husband and our two precious daughters (and my Mama!). We have come together, with Jesus, and pursued, endured and overcome into the Lord’s leading.
Is Jesus calling your family into a life-walk that will reveal how much He loves others; to demonstrate how He can make such a sublime change in lives? Does your family have what it takes?
By looking to a well-known family that started with an everyday couple, Mary and Joseph, we can realize the makings of a family yielded to the God-call on their lives. The gospels reveal the very characteristics of this family; the parents of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus.
A heart willing to serve the Lord. Mary knew she hadn’t done what was needed to conceive a child; she didn’t have anything to offer to carry out the Lord’s will. More importantly she knew that wasn’t what the Lord was looking for; for her to have it all together. Most importantly she knew she was highly favoured. Because the angel told her so. And that was enough for her.
‘”I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered, “May it be to me as you have said,” Then the angel left her.’ Luke 1:38
An openness to unconventional ways. This couple was well aware of the life-threatening consequences of going against their culture in marriage and starting a family, in their day. They also knew how a baby was usually conceived. They chose though to be open to God’s plan even if it was unheard of.
‘The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”’ Luke 1:35
Obedience. They heard the Lord’s given instructions for their lives as individuals and for their marriage and they obeyed. Plain and not-so-simple.
“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.” Matthew 1:24 & 25
A Trust that Nothing is Impossible with God. Easy to recite; difficult to believe especially when what you see, hear and smell is impossible but this couple truly trusted in their Lord and what the angel shared,
“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
Let us be encouraged as we look to the Word for teaching and guidance in how to fulfill our God-given callings as we Live out Our Dreams as families.