What happens when your world gets bigger?
There are so many different people, and we all handle change differently. When something happens that changes the way you see your world, what do you do?
Do you slam on the breaks like you're surprised by a stop sign?
Do you gun it like someone's chasing you?
Do you make decisions quickly and decisively or slowly and deliberately?
Well, the Clinkscales Family did a little bit of each of these over a year ago. We prayerfully considered our next step in ministry, chose one, sold our home and most of our possessions in preparation, and moved to be closer to family. Out of all the ministries and churches who are doing God's work and making disciples, we chose Youth For Christ (YFC). Out of each of the (what I call) "10 fingers of ministry" found in YFC, we went with YFC Military. Out of the numerous options available to us within YFC Military, we chose YFC Military–Europe. The reasons are various, but to sum up: we both like the idea of being as close to Rebeca's family in Romania as we've been to David's family since we were married. Our world is getting bigger.*
Please know: we are VERY excited about this phase of ministry, and if you haven't heard from us yet you can bet we're working on it! Not only are we committed to this as Option A, B, C, D... but we know that only God can make the way OR stop us from continuing on this course. This journey has led us recently to more fully pursue this work full time, and that will lead us to share more things in the coming days and months ahead. We are all in, and we're so excited to give life to our story.
I recently wrote a personal blog post, called "Drive It Till It Breaks Down," about acting in faith and not being dominated by fear of what's up ahead. We can't see that anyway–we just keep driving in faith and handle problems when they come.
We don't live by fear, but by faith.
What do you do when your world gets bigger? I hope you do that. I hope you drive the car of your flesh by faith, without fear of what may be or could happen somewhere down the road.
In the meantime, work hard, plan well, and remember to take the time you need to recharge well so you can give your best work with your best self. If you don't know where to begin, I encourage you to read the Word. Start there. Start with God and let Him direct your steps. If you're already doing that then find a time when you need a break, go into your "Nothing Box" (men, you can explain what this is to the ladies in your life), and play one of these games for a bit.
* Our lives are always changing, and our world is always getting bigger. The question is whether or not we'll see it as a blessing or a curse! Rebeca – a Romanian-citizen-made-American-citizen who married an American who likes to travel – had already been in the family business of ministry her entire life. She left her home country after college, went to America to attend seminary, distinguished herself as a wonderful student, and wound up walking away with MDiv AND Mrs. degrees! David – a native-Texan-American who also loves to travel – had been raised up in the Church his parents helped start and grown to see the need for ministry to students. He left home after college seeking God's plan for His life, went to seminary, continued to use his theatrical talents while he learned from many premiere scholars in the faith, and also walked away with MDiv and Mr. degrees! Fast forward three years, and we've got kids, a few more and we've already ministered in four states, and yet a few more and we are taking the largest step of faith we've taken to-date. We need your prayers, but even more we ask for the praise to go to God for all He has done, and will continue to do, in our lives – and He's doing something equally as amazing in yours!
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