We officially began our travels on Thursday evening at 11:00. It was later than we planned but the first few days have gone very well. Thank you so much for all your prayers and encouragement! We will be traveling from now until mid December.
As we travel there may be some minor interruptions with internet connection, but everything with the ministry should look about the same. I have started a blog so I (and the rest of my family) can write about the things we learn and the people we meet. The blog will also contain the daily devotional messages. I still have many things to learn about how to format a blog site but please follow us at:
Many of you know that I have felt the pull to travel for several years, but that God’s timing was for us to wait. About a year ago the pull was becoming more clear so I began talking with a few people to receive their counsel. One individual gave me advice I will never forget. He said, “Steve, do you think the lifestyle of travel is normal or abnormal?” I had to reply that it was probably abnormal. He then said, “Don’t you think you have an obligation to teach your children how to live normal?” I remained respectful, but inside I was screaming, NO!!
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Be careful about the counsel you receive. A different translation of this same verse says “Do not let the world squeeze you into its mold.” People mean well, but even very Godly individuals often live by a different set of priorities and can be part of the squeezing process. God has not called us to a standard which is set by the world system. He has called us into a radical relationship of love and trust; a relationship which looks nothing like the mold of this world.
Conforming to the to the “normal” pattern of this world is diluting our faith and destroying the church. I will try to write more about this tomorrow, but for now let’s think about the general call to follow Christ. Let’s begin to ask the questions of what this really means. What does this mean for us as individuals, for our families, and for the church? Let’s diligently seek His counsel and resolve to never conform.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries