We have lived in Nashville for just over 6 weeks now! With summer adventures, camp excursions and tying up loose ends, it seems like we are only just now starting to settle in. I’ll be honest, when I initially felt called to move to Nashville and start a new church for my generation there was a spot in the back of my mind that said, “that will never happen.” But here I am, sitting on my couch and things are starting to get very real and honestly a little scary.
You see, at my core, I am a super driven person. I work hard and like to excel in every avenue of my life. I know that if I work hard enough, I can do *nearly anything. After spending the last 7 years of my life serving in career ministry, I have been antsy to rush the process and get this church up and running so that I feel like I feel like my life is leaving a mark.
But in this season, I am learning that my life is not defined by a title or a career and my ministry is not confined to a job in a church. This season is stretching me. It’s teaching me that taking time to stop and chat with your next-door neighbor is enough. It’s teaching me that a wave to a stranger can communicate more than I ever could from a stage.
Don’t get me wrong there is plenty of money to raise and people to recruit. Heck, in my current situation there’s even a puppy to foster.
But this season is reminding me why I set out to start this new journey in the first place: to show people the love of God through meaningful relationships right where they are at. Advancing the Kingdom in our everyday life does not have to look extravagant or inspirational. Instead it is the faithfulness in the mundane that makes the lasting impact.
I’m sure a lot of you feel like, or have felt like, I have been feeling. If you are questioning whether or not your life is having an impact, the answer is yes and it has nothing to do with how much you are doing. Instead it has to do with how you are living and loving people where they are at.
Take time this week to love people well and show them the love of God; I promise it will leave them, and you, changed.