"He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take up his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me." (vs.37-38)
Monday, January 3, 2011
Living out in western North Dakota has its many benefits, such as: a fantastic view of the endless miles ahead of you, a large man-made lake with a disputable name pronunciation and learning to walk crooked in order to brace yourself against the wind. But, it also has it's downfalls, especially when your family lives eight hours away, and your husband's family lives thirteen hours away.
Often times, after a trip at home, or up to the Langness' in Michigan, I start thinking things like, "Man! It'd be so nice to live closer to them . . . if we lived somewhere in the middle of Sioux Falls or Ishpeming; or if we lived pert near close one of them - that would be so wonderful." It's not common for me to dream up of a day when Jordan and I will pack up the ministry in Beulah and head farther east - closer to family.
It's at times like these that I am most struck by Jesus' words in Matthew 10 -
It's easy for me to want to live closer to family - but I have to remember that as servants of Christ, Jordan and I will follow the Lord wherever He calls us . . . and that might even be farther from "home".
Am I willing to give up my selfish desires for the advancement of the Kingdom of Christ? I pray that I am willing to go wherever the Lord leads.