It was a year ago that my husband, John, and I stood on the stage of a megachurch in front of thousands of people and said our goodbyes as their senior pastor and his wife.
It was a bittersweet day for me. Bitter because I truly loved being a senior pastor’s wife; sweet because we were saying YES to the Lord by choosing obedience to a new calling on our lives—serving Him through Life Action Ministries.
This past year has been a rollercoaster of emotions for me, as God has both revealed things to me about myself and reminded me of truths through the lives of others serving with Life Action.
- Confession: As a senior pastor’s wife, I became an addict. I have confessed these addictions before the Lord, and He has graciously forgiven me. My addictions: Attention and power. Years under the spotlight caused me to lose sight of the sixteen-year-old girl who humbly walked down an aisle, took a pastor’s hand, and committed her life to serve the Lord. No human being should ever be placed on the throne that only has room for One—Jesus Christ.
- Truth: People working at Life Action are among God’s choice servants. Their lives are characterized by what Life Action calls our six responses to God: Humility, Honesty, Repentance, Forgiveness, Obedience, and Seeking God’s Kingdom First. Over and over, I have witnessed these six responses demonstrated in their lives. Women who choose to raise a family in an RV nine months out of each year as they serve churches across the U.S. Communicators and musicians so gifted that they could serve the Lord from any stage, yet they choose to serve churches of various sizes so that they may experience a reviving work of God’s presence.
- Confession: When we walked away from the megachurch, we also walked away from a very large salary. Although our church agreed to support us for a season, we were walking toward a “no salary” position. In other words, we had to raise our own support. We became full-time missionaries. The Lord used this as a reminder of the commitment I had made to Him when I was sixteen—to serve Him as a missionary. He had been preparing me for this for forty years. I was in a completely new situation, sitting with individuals and sharing with them about our new adventure and asking them to support us financially. This proved to be quite a challenge for me, but through it God taught me humility and reminded me that He has always been my true Provider.
- Truth: People at Life Action are people of faith. This past year, I have witnessed families who live on very limited budgets, yet do not hesitate to sacrificially give to others in need. There are families who adopt children the world would cast aside. Grumbling and complaining are rare, while praying is a way of life.
Our mission at Life Action is “to inspire your next YES to God.” When we say yes to something, it usually requires saying no to something else.
This past year, I have said yes by following Him in obedience, and it did require me to say no to pride, control, selfishness, and bitterness. God has begun a new work in my heart, and I am so grateful to Him and to Life Action Ministries.
My prayer for you today is that you will choose to say YES to God. Is He asking you to forgive someone? Is He asking you to be honest with yourself and admit you are addicted to something—power, attention, food, gossip, a negative attitude, or maybe social media?
This past weekend, I hiked up to Grotto Falls in the Smoky Mountains. As I observed the rushing water flow over the rocks into the pool below, the Lord whispered into my heart, “Refreshment comes when you confess your sin and turn to Me.”
Sin is choosing our way over God’s way. Are you choosing to do life your way and not God’s way?
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19 NIV).
If Life Action or I can serve you or your church in any way, it would bring us great joy. John’s motto during this last year has been: “I am just His servant.” I love that! We are so excited to serve together at Life Action as servants to the Most High God!