This summer has been a whirlwind! A few weeks ago we found out that our daughter Jahnabell had developed a tree nut allergy and is especially allergic to cashews and pistachios. On a Monday morning our little baby girl ate some trail-mix with cashews. She immediately broke out with a rash and couldn't keep it down. Dusty called 9-1-1 right away. They were able to make sure she was stable and now we know: she has to stay clear of those nuts! This happened while I was playing bass at another summer camp which added to the craziness! Last week the whirlwind continued: I drove to Arlington and helped my brother paint his house and then lead worship at a church in Bryan, TX. Through it all God has been gracious to sustain us and grow us as a family! To be honest, the most difficult aspect of all is not the work but remaining constant (and growing) in my calling as a Dad and Husband. After all Paul isn't joking around when he wrote to Timothy:
"... if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? " (1 Timothy 3:5).
This concept must be kept in focus as I pursue vocational ministry. My wife Dusty is such a blessing (we make a great team) in helping me grow in this ability. Dusty and I talk about capacity a lot, and I am still learning the hard way that saying "yes" to something is in fact saying "no" to something else.
During the Summer, the church I am doing my residency with brings in guest speakers to teach. I have come to appreciate this because it opens my eyes to how God is moving in different parts of the world and helps me appreciate different perspectives and teaching styles. The best part is that this is done while keeping the gospel central! The Sunday before last Pastor Scott Sauls from Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville closed out the summer preaching series at the Austin Stone. I highly recommend checking out his sermon! I really want to ruin it by telling you about his closing statement (which is very poingnant). But that would be like opening an excellent book and then flipping to the last page. Sauls makes many bold claims and addresses many relevant issues that we all struggle with, believer and non-believer alike. My prayer is that this sermon would engage our minds and move our hearts and hands to action.