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A Little Perspective Goes a Long Way

Last week I failed to mention on Wednesday that it would be my last post for the week as I was participating in our Summit leaders’ conference. It was phenomenal… and exhausting. Still, I’ll be reflecting on what God did in me for quite some time.

night2Yesterday though, my family and I were privileged to travel to Muskogee, OK to the Church of Living Water and minister. It was another wonderful time with God’s people, but as often happens, it was a “non-ministry” moment that impacted me the most.

The team there led us in worship and then a couple of recorded songs–one of them, Bryan and Katie Torwalt’s, “When You Walk into the Room.” If you’ve never heard it, definitely worth a listen.

The chorus says,

We love You, we’ll never stop
Can’t live without You, Jesus
We love You, can’t get enough
All this is for You, Jesus

The words flashed on the screen, “All this is for You, Jesus” as I looked down at the 3 year old foster baby in my arms who had fallen asleep. That’s it, I thought. It’s about loving Him because if it’s not, it’s pointless.

I’m going to be honest and say this is one of the more difficult foster placements we’ve had. There could be a variety of reasons to account for that, but that’s not why I’m writing this. We made a commitment to loving and caring for these kids who need a stable place and that’s often a place of tension, uncertainty, and facing unknowns (sometimes on a minute by minute basis).

It can be easy to figure up or keep a tally of how much it costs me, my wife, my family. There’s financial, emotional, and spiritual implications. There are stresses and frustrations of life are compounded when having to also deal with a sometimes broken child services system that seems stacked against you or the children you’re serving.

But somehow in the midst of all the heartache and challenges, God shows up and you realize the suffering is indeed able to be endured because you know the level of suffering Jesus endured on your behalf. You see that even though you fear you may not be making any difference whatsoever, you can trust the Father to do what only He can do.

The unseen is far more beautiful than the temporal circumstances you face.

The giving, serving, loving, caring–it’s directed at kids but it’s also for Jesus because He first loved us. It’s an act of love and worship to our King.

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. –Colossians 3:17

If you find yourself in a hard place, trying to love, don’t worry. He is bigger than your situation. He is greater than your circumstances. Do what you do in His name and that honor brings joy to His heart. Knowing that will bring joy to yours.

Pain is not the end. This present suffering is not the entirety of your life. No, Jesus is the End–in fact, the Alpha and Omega, first and last, beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13).

Take courage and love well. All this is for You, Jesus…

What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever been called upon to love in difficult times or places? What happened?

4 Comments

  1. What a great reminder to do everything for Jesus with love, knowing the Father has our back even in the difficult times. May God continue to bless you and your wife, Jason, as you love and minister to these precious children!
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    • Amen. I receive that blessing, Martha! Thanks and blessings to you too. 🙂

  2. Wonderful perspective and reminder, Jason. In the end if our eyes are on and with Him the pain is fleeting… along with this short life.

    • Thanks so much, Floyd. 🙂

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