Latest and Greatest?

Some of you may be wondering if I’m still alive. I used to write frequently, but life happens. Between work and family, I find my mind divided in many ways. Because of my absence, I want to update you on what is happening.

I have sensed that 2019 would be a year of huge transition. Six months in, I am seeing that come to fruition. First, our workplace is facing a HUGE change. This may be one that will change my future with the company. So much is yet to be seen, but I am always one who wants to think ahead.

As I shared with you a few months ago, I had a potential ministry opportunity that did not materialize. It did rekindle my desire to serve vocationally in the local church which led to some inquiries into some ministry possibilities. I met with one committee and knew that was not where God wanted me, but a pastor friend found out about this meeting and called me about helping with their worship ministry. So, I am there at least for the month of June. This church has been through so much. I preached there one Sunday before the merge. It is now the traditional venue for a thriving ministry in our community. I don’t know what the future looks like there, but I’m so thankful for the opportunity.

On the home front, life is good. We’re all getting older. Seriously, I’m thoroughly enjoying watch all these kids grow up. The babies are growing and learning. The older kids are getting busy. One is away at camp for a few days. One is busy with basketball and soon to add volleyball to the list. Another will be busy with football this Summer, while another will most likely be interning at his church at the age of 15 (the age I was when I took my first paid ministry position). Only one of the kids is taking it easy this Summer so she can spend a lot of time with me since she lives with her mother. It can be easy to get lost in all the hectic moments of raising kids, but the joys are sweet.

Stay tuned to see what is next in the book of my life. God is a great story writer. Honestly, I would not have chosen parts of my story. God knows best, and He can use the worst of things to help others. The latest in my life may not always feel like the greatest, but it is when Jesus is at the center.

6 thoughts on “Latest and Greatest?

  1. Thank you for this thoughtful update, Matthew. Remind me — what state do you live in again? My church is in a search for a pastor of high school/college, but the cost of living in California often keeps good candidates away.

    Regardless, I know that the Lord will continue to show you whatever is next for you and your loved ones. In the meantime, thank you for being a God-honoring father, husband, and minister of the gospel!

      1. Thanks so much, Matthew. I’ve heard that South Carolina is a beautiful place – I’ve never been there before.

        Thank you for your prayers for our church. I actually think that there is a reason why the Lord is allowing the position to remain vacant for as long as it has been. I’ve grown up with in California so I supposed I’m somewhat a custom to the price of things here, but I can’t imagine what it must be like to come from out of the area and try to build a life here. Perhaps that’s the reason why the position has been vacant for so long.

        At any rate , I’m excited to see what door the Lord will choose to open for you, in His good timing.

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