Now that we have your attention:) Lately, our hearts have been reflecting on what ‘healthy’ looks like for us…And other families on a mission (not just mission field, but any family called by God for greatness- so that means YOU!) As we inquired of the Lord- He revealed a few things which we hope inspire and challenge you.
- God’s perspective is key! Many times we can go through things which look horrible, hard, and definitely unhealthy on the surface. However- God sees things very differently. He sees the beautiful character being formed or perseverance being worked out. Asking God how He sees a situation allows one to partner with what He is doing (which is much better than fighting it!) Did Paul demand God to give him better living conditions in the prison? Nope. He pressed on for the prize- JESUS! Make HIM the focus- not ‘healthy’ life! Remember, abundant life comes as we lose our lives in Him…
- Understanding times/seasons. God works in times/seasons in our lives. Joseph is such a powerful example- lots of ‘unhealthy’ seasons on the road to ‘healthy.’ Did Joseph pitch a fit and demand God to skip the whole slavery thing? We probably would have! Joseph trusted God in spite of the hardship. Seasons come and seasons go. Knowing the season allows us to align with heaven’s purpose. And also remember, “This too shall pass!”
- Let go of the mainstream definition. ‘Healthy’ has been a buzz word in churches for quite some time. But the pursuit of a ‘healthy’ church or workplace/ministry can be dangerous. Why? It can lead to unending comparisons, judgments, a critical spirit, and overall self-centeredness. For example- name one person in the Bible who had an easy, comfortable, solely prosperous life/environment? Maybe God’s idea of healthy is more about cultivating righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost- in ANY circumstance?!
- Regarding family- consider the ‘radical middle.’ We have learned lessons from great generals of the faith that we do NOT need to sacrifice our children on the altar of ministry. Likewise- we need to avoid the other extreme of our families becoming an idol. When we are more family focused in our daily lives than Christ-focused, we may need to repent and change a few areas. Make sure your family boundaries do not bind the Holy Spirit, but invite HIM to lead your family!
We love you friends! May Jesus be the center of your unhealthy healthy! “I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” Philemon 4-7