So we have reached the two-week point since our move to Austin and we are still trying to find what our routine is, what our sense of “normal” will be. It’s honestly been kind of weird for me at least, the kids are amazing adapters and we are blessed for that. I think it’s because they know they are close to grandmas (so thankful for my folks) and to them that makes everything better.
But for me?
Well…that has been kind of a challenge of sorts. For the last 5 years being in full-time ministry or even before that working in the high-tech for 6 years… I have been great at following “others” vision/purpose/agenda.
So now the vision/purpose/agenda that God has…will be initiated by me…YIKES!!! (Big Gulp)
The first Sunday we were in town we decided not to go to church but to show our kids a little bit of the city. So we loaded the family and headed to downtown. As we were on the upper deck of IH35 to the right you could start to see the DKR Memorial Stadium (HOOK’em!), the Tower, the capitol bldg. and I am not afraid to tell you but at that moment while looking at downtown, I began to tear up.
I can’t explain it, maybe it was the realization of “we are finally here” or maybe it was after all the years of being gone it was good to be home or maybe it was the big fat obvious.
Everything that has happened in my life has culminated into this moment, into this purpose of planting this church, in this city, at this time…
So as we headed downtown there were two thoughts I had:
1) “God thank you so much for this opportunity. It is something so much bigger than I am and I am so un-worthy of this calling, but thank you for inviting me to be a part of this amazing endeavor called revive church.”
2) “God let this vision/purpose/agenda be yours and only yours. Help me with your divine hand to reach this city, my home, the town I love for your glory and for your fame. This will not or will ever be about me.”
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” Jonathan Swift