Yesterday was a huge day for me and Stephanie. Yesterday the boys had their first day of school. One started third grade while the other started second. For the past week leading up to this day, we have bought school clothes, new shoes, school supplies, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc. We have been encouraging the boys to be ready, be excited and anything that we could say or do, to help them transition back in to “big school.”
It was a day that sometimes, I thought would never come. Sometimes I let the world get the best of me by telling me over and over, that I would never be a dad. I thought my life, my story would have an ending much different than what God had in mind.
Let God write the story…Now I’m a dad of 2 great boys who act a LOT like me and my brother did growing up.
There was a time in my life, I never thought I would have a family. After making a mess of my life, moving away from my family, letting bad relationships and working all the time take over my life, I thought my life, my story would have an ending much different than what God had in mind.
Let God write the story…For the past 9 years, I have been married to a wonderful wife.
After leaving the church where we both felt was ours, where we were both plugged in to ministry, where a lot of people loved us, I thought my life, my story would have an ending much different than what God had in mind.
Let God write the story…God put us on staff in youth ministry
When we left youth ministry, where we were making a difference in the lives of the 9-10 youth that we had in our small group, I thought my life, my story would have an ending much different than what God had in mind.
Let God write the story…God made me an Associate Pastor
When God called my dad home, and we tried to sell our home, move to west Georgia so that we could take care of my mom, I thought my life, my story would have an ending much different than what God had in mind.
Let God write the story…God gave me a mom who lets me take care of her, on her terms when she will let me. He kept us where we are, but close to both of our families so that when we can or when they need it, we can be there to help them.
I don’t know what the future holds for the four of us, but I know, God is writing our story. He knows the plans, the story, that HE has for us.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I do know, that God is still here, He still loves me and He still answers prayer. I’m just along for the ride in His story for my life.
I confess that I often wondered if I would ever see my kids go to their first day of school. Not that You couldn’t give me a family, but more was it in Your plans for me. You have blessed me more than I deserve with the family that You have given me. Thank You for the story that You have written for my life.