Updated: Sep 23, 2018
Pain and/or discomfort can be a strong motivator for someone to step out and try something new. That is not our story.
There were a lot of times when relationships were strained and I wanted to do something different. I needed one of those cheap Southwest Airlines tickets - I wanted to get away. We refused to leave during those difficult times because I believe that God had a better idea, and I refused to let the cancer of quitting become a part of my spiritual DNA. (This not an indictment on anyone who has been provoked to move through difficult circumstances - it's just how God dealt with me).
I stayed when things were hard and fought for reconciliation, peace and unity and dreamt of a better time.
Here's the thing... I never dreamt everything would get so good. I never dreamed I would appreciate my leaders like we do, love my congregation as much as I do, or serve with so many of my friends, or enjoy Sunday mornings like I do. Like some poor sap in a hallmark movie, I never expected to fall in love with the people, the work and the place that I was in. But I did.
Things have never been better.... and yet, it's time to go. I can't ignore the burden that God has put in my heart. That things have gotten so good makes it harder than I ever imagined and also far more beautiful than anything I could have done on my own.