This past Sunday marked my one year anniversary on staff with Legacy Church as the Children’s and Family Pastor. The kids ministry at Legacy is great with awesome volunteers who are heavily invested and is filled with amazing kids to love on, get to know and teach. What I’ve loved most is the support I’ve received from the people of Legacy: the staff, the volunteers, the kids and the parents/church family. The love, understanding of my role in the church, and the words and actions of encouragement from everyone has made this transitional year of joining the staff one of pure joy and fulfillment.
This past Sunday’s sermon was about our Everyday Struggle. I LOVE what I do, God called me to work full time ministry almost 12 years ago. Before then I worked a job where I wasn’t completely fulfilled, my job was just a job. Now, with serving as a Children’s Pastor my life is filled with the want and desire to pour myself into my work. This is very positive and satisfying, but I have learned can also be consuming. Because I love what I do, I struggle with bringing my work home and it constantly being on my mind. This is my biggest struggle in life. It’s hard to put something down that is so important, I realize this and know I need to make some changes in my life. Mostly, I need to learn to balance work and home. Sometimes it’s ok to bring work home, but not if it’s taking the place of quality time with my family.
I recently began reading the book, When Work and Family Collide by Andy Stanley. One of Stanley’s final statements in the conclusion of the book really hit home:
What are you struggling with today?
Is it so consuming it’s keeping you from enjoying those who love you most?
Is it keeping you from your relationship with God?