Clarifying the Vision
Courtney and I started this ministry upon a vision – not a visual scene given to us, not a trance or anything like that (although God sometimes does give people actual visions), but a concept, a goal, a purpose. At first it wasn’t too clear. We had passion for marriage…for youth…for educating people in Biblical truth…and so many tangents. So naturally, we assumed it would include some or most or all of these. God generally does give us a passion for the area we are called to serve in – not always the case, but it can help us determine just where He wants us. We felt we should get this ministry up and running though, and through prayer, we knew it was time to start. So this blog, what’s up and running at this point, is just that. Our starting point. We don’t know where God will take this ministry, but we just want His will with it. If it stays a blog forever, awesome. If it becomes something different, awesome. We don’t care, as long as it’s going in the direction and manner He wants it to go.
Lately, we’ve been pondering the structure of this site. We post on lifestyle changes, marriage tips, Christian living, etc. All great topics, but it kind of feels like we just picked some topics at random. So, time to clarify the vision! We’ve been praying recently for that, and I believe God is letting us see tidbits of it.
In the past years, both Courtney and I individually have started the long process of drawing out of world priorities and thinking and aligning with God’s priorities and thinking. It’s not usually something that people consciously attempt to do, but rather the result of immersing yourself in Biblical teaching and growing closer in your relationship with God. And so, here we are, with a much more ‘radical’ viewpoint than we originally had, even just months ago (small changes add up). With that sort of viewpoint, you start to question (in a positive manner) the purpose behind everything. Take marriage for example, what we would say is the topic we’re most passionate on. What is the point of marriage? Why did God put us together? The things we consider ordinary, mundane, part of everyday life come alive when we realize our real reality: we’re in this life for a short time, and then eternity. Our place in eternity hangs on a critical decision: accept or reject Christ. Our lifestyle and actions can influence other’s decisions. While we aren’t responsible for what they decide, we do have an impact on them. So apart from the well-known reasons for marriage in the Bible (“it is not good for man to be alone” and “be fruitful and multiply”), why are we here, placed in this covenant with each other?
In short, we feel more of the puzzle has been put together for our ministry; our mission in this ministry is to equip married couples to think kingdom-minded and to unveil life for what it really is. That’s not set in stone, as we’re still praying over it – but we believe it’s something God has shown us. Reasons for that objective, besides that’s where we feel God is taking this? Well, for starters, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 states an encouraging reason: “Two are better than one…for if they fall, one will lift up his fellow”. There’s been so many times where either Courtney or I become discouraged, and the other encourages both of us. In ministry, there will be many victories and ‘defeats’. It’s tough, and having someone to stand with you and encourage you helps immensely. Another reason is because it has power. Matthew 18:19- (Jesus speaking) “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven”. Pretty simple but powerful concept – and it has great potential for couples who consider their marriage a ministry. Yet another reason, it follows Jesus’ example: in Luke 10, Jesus sent out disciples two by two (no, not lumber!) – probably for the above reasons. On the practical side of things, most people in this culture will get married at some point in their life. The percentage of Christians who will be married in life is most likely higher, since secular society sees less and less a need to be married anymore. Also, chances are the average person (if they marry and COMMIT!) will spend more time married in life than single. I didn’t plug figures in here because it would require links to those sources, but I think it’s safe to say that this is the overall trend. So in writing to married Christian couples, we are targeting and hopefully ‘mobilizing’ a large audience. Most people either can relate or will be able to relate soon enough.
Marriage is an incredible union given by God to husband and wife – and with such a strong bond, it creates endless possibility. We’re going to do our best to get couples to see God’s plan and purpose in life, and for them to ultimately / eventually dedicate their marriage to whatever God calls them to do.
The BOTTOM LINE: Marriage carries a huge potential with it – two people united in ministry, serving their God and glorifying Him.
[NOTE: Over the next week or so, we will be editing several things on the site to match this change – categories, home page, and whatever else we need to. Keep checking, see what’s changed, pray for us!]