Monday, November 5, 2012

All Things New


How's life been since you moved to Canada?

Overwhelming.

Stressful.

Exciting.

Draining

Invigorating.

Disorienting.

Refining.

Transformative.

Blessed.

What are the biggest differences between Canada and the States?

From my limited experience, there are far more similarities than differences. It's the subtle differences that stand out--spelling changes for common words, different currency and taxes, the fact that the baristas don't put lids on your coffee at Starbucks (which makes sense, for health and sanitation reasons). And there are real differences. Canada has a unique culture all its own, from language to values to history.

Yet people are people, wherever you go. They all have hurt and hope, dreams and desires, love and longing. We are all broken and we all need Jesus, regardless of borders or nationalities.

What is your new church like?

It's full of broken-yet-beautiful people who are trying to follow Jesus well. It's a church that prays. It's a church that serves. It's a church that values Scripture. It's a church that values doing ministry together and sharing the Gospel. It's a church that talks a lot about Jesus and tries to embody the good news that He shared. The church is in a season of transition itself, and we are all listening and learning for what the Spirit might have for us next. The leaders and pastors are some of the best people I've ever met, and the teens I have the privilege of shepherding are deeply encouraging and full of potential. We've felt loved and embraced as a whole family; I love seeing the church love my wife and children. I honestly love it, and can't wait to grow deeper in relationship with people in this next season.

What has been your biggest struggle?

In a word: trust. Trusting that this was the right decision to uproot my family and move to Canada. Trusting that God will take care of us and help us meet our financial and practical needs. Trusting that God will somehow use me to transform the lives of others in the name of Jesus. Trusting that God is good and faithful and true. It's all stuff I know in my head, but fear and anxiety can creep in, stifling trust so quickly. I find myself repeating 2 Timothy 1:7 often. Trust. It's such a simple idea, yet one I am constantly revisiting in this season.

What is the "title" of this chapter in your story?

"All Things New." That's the promise Christ gives us when His kingdom comes. I'm at a new church, living in a new country, my first book is being published, and I'm relearning how this whole "trusting Jesus" thing works.

It is autumn, and the leaves are turning colors and falling to the earth. The skies are grey and the nights are cold, and things aren't growing the way they once were. Yet I know that in a few short months, spring will come. New buds will sprout on branches. New seedlings will take root and spring up from the ground. The leaves will come back to their trees with a fresh tint of green, lush and radiant. I am learning to trust those seasons and cycles, to expectantly await the life that God is stirring up in His kingdom around me.

1 comment:

  1. Well said, and thanks for not mentioning the $5000 White boards in Canada and our prosperity to say Sorry. We are so glad that you chose to come to our church and I pray blessings on your family in Canada as you serve our international God. Welcome here eh!

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