Monday, April 28, 2014

Seize the Opportunity

Life is a series of opportunities and decisions. They say, "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." (Milton Berle) The hard part is making the right decisions when those opportunities arise. We know that our time here on earth is only temporary but making the most of our time here is truly important. We are grateful for the work God has done in both of our lives, especially in this past year. But just as soon as we get comfortable, God begins breaking up the nest and moving us forward. It's up to us to open the door!

All that to say this.............. we have been given the opportunity to travel to a different part of the county this summer to represent our school, Crown College. We will be taking a ladies trio with us and Kristy will be playing the piano for them while Kyle will be speaking/preaching. We are so excited! What an opportunity. Not only do we get to use the things God has called us to do (using music to minster and preaching), we get to be together!

At first, when this was presented to us, we were sort of unsure if this was something God wanted us to do. It was going to take a step of faith and require all kinds of change to come into our lives. Kristy would have to quit her job and we were not exactly sure what would become of us in the fall. There were a few facts we always had to come back to when we doubted this decision.

1. God has prepared us.
God allowed us both to attend Crown College. We both had a desire to serve the Lord and God brought us together. He then let us graduate and get married. God has allowed these things come to pass for a reason. There is no doubt he has prepared us and is still preparing us even now.

2. We will not know all the answers.
No matter how hard we try, we won't have all the answers to every situation that comes into our life. Faith is essential to living the Christian life. Instead of trying to figure everything out, we've decided to do what we do know to do and leave the rest to the Lord.

3. We would regret it if we didn't do it.
How many times have we let fear and uncertainty rule our lives? Surprisingly, discomfort is really the only thing that will force one to grow. If we went through the entire summer and had even an inkling of regret that we decided not to take this opportunity, that would be worse than going and not enjoying it. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” –Elbert Hubbard

Not that any of this is inspiring or even worthy of repeating, it's something we wanted to share in hopes that it might help someone who has to make a decision about the future. God always has a plan and he is orchestrating events and circumstances to fulfill His will in our lives. We are just glad to be used!

If you would, please pray for safety as we travel and that God would make us a blessing. The majority of the people we will be with are in churches. His people. And also pray for the girls we are taking. We will post more about our travels and adventures throughout the summer.

Stay tuned!!!!