Today I’m struck by the power of words, of how some words transcend the mere letters arranged on a page. Some words create promises, promises that build futures, futures that bring life and meaning and beauty into the world. Today marks our Tenth Anniversary, and my heart is flooded by the profound gift that our marriage is to me and to the world.
One of the greatest gifts a leader receives are those moments when you get to see, taste and experience the spiritual fruit that was planted in a previous season. I had the joy of tasting such fruit this week, as we had a group of students and parents from Iowa Christian Academy serve at Soul City Church for the afternoon. One of the students and his parents were a part of our former Student Ministry. It reminded me of the power that parents are given to take every opportunity to model for their children what it looks like to follow Jesus. This small, seemingly ordinary habit, is powerful enough to extend beyond just a single family to impact the world.
It’s undeniable that stepping into the journey of parenting grows one up in unspeakable ways. The last 14 months that my daughter Selah has been on the outside world have refined me and brought out new parts of myself that had likely been there all along. As if some of the best parts of me were just waiting for the birth of this little one to birth new aspects of my truest self.
I was in a brief conversation with a friend as we were hanging out before a team meeting the other day, and he referenced the legendary “six word short-short story.” I was familiar with the story, I knew the exact wording of it, I knew the fact that it was allegedly written by Ernest Hemmingway and not Robert Frost – but I chose not to correct my friend in the moment. I withdrew to a place deep into my soul, deep into my story, and chose to stay there for a while. The conversation around me blurred into background noise.