This morning I have found myself reflecting on all the amazing things that have happened over the past 9 years in Hudsonville. We have made amazing friends, have been blessed with an amazing church family, are close to family, been a part of an incredible running group, and have been blessed beyond what we could ever imagine. And now the season is coming to a close…and honestly, it hurts…beyond words. But, I find rest and peace in the fact my Father knows and feels what I feel.
I want to honor some of the people who have had an impact on my life in a significant way…Please know that if you have been a part of my life (even if you haven’t) I love you. If you know me, you know I believe we were all created in God’s image and worth loving.
Wes Dupin: Wes gave me an opportunity of a lifetime by introducing me to a man who has become a significant friend and influence in my life; Bill Clark and Hope Water Project. Wes saw this amazing running team (HWP) that had a vision for something greater than any single church could accomplish. He gave me the opportunity to start and lead Team Daybreak, which will go down as being one of the most impactful things in my life. We saw physical, emotional, and significant spiritual breakthrough as a team, and it was all because he gave me an opportunity. Wes gave me another opportunity that would change the course of my life forever; the ability to lead Student Ministries for Daybreak. There is no way I can explain the impact that every student and volunteer leader had on me. Because, Wes believed in me.
Bill Clark: Bill inspired and will continue to inspire me in many ways. Mostly, because he is willing to listen and take action from his Heavenly Father, but at the same time is very open with the struggles that go along with sacrifice. Bill makes the right choices for the strength and growth of his family and I get to call him my friend.
Julie Albright: Julie was my first “target” for Team Daybreak. Eventually I wore Julie down and she agreed to run the Grand Rapids 1/2 Marathon (not sure she will ever fully forgive me for that one). Julie has the amazing ability to serve both her family and her church with great balance. This is a skill I needed to grow in, and Julie was a great example to watch and learn from. She was always fully engaged in Student Ministries and seeing her small group grow and develop. I love Julie’s sarcastic sense of humor and her love for her husband and kids.
The Sierra Leone Team (Ron, Todd, Matt, Harvey, Jada, Vanessa, Steve, and Jon): This was an amazing missions team. This group truly put personal preferences aside and put the team first. I have never been a part of a team who cared for each other more and was willing to compromise to maintain unity. This team heeded Paul’s wisdom in Ephesians 4:3, “Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.”
Daybreak’s Student Ministry Team (Jon, Deb, and Danielle): Combined, we had a total of 1 years worth of formal student ministry experience, but this was an amazing group. Why was it so amazing? Every team member understood their need for God’s wisdom. We were able to learn together, fall together, learn from our mistakes, rejoice in our wins, but most of all follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance in what He wanted to do in the life of the students.
Bailey Moseler and Jada Murphy: Two unique and gifted young ladies. Both with amazing gifts and talents, who are doing their best to navigate a difficult world while serving Jesus. Do not give in, do not compromise, when you fall down, get back up, have grace for yourself, and follow Jesus to the ends of this earth. You will make a difference in this world. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life at a very significant time…and this does not mean it is ending. 🙂
Jeff Moseler: We all have best friends but, Jeff is a true friend, because he cares about my soul and my relationship with Jesus. He always challenges me through our ridiculous and fun philosophical conversations.
Jeff Leys: You are a true friend. One who stretches, strengthens, challenges, and helps me be a better person. You have taught me more than you will ever know and will hopefully continue to do so. I love you brother!
Danielle, Riley, and Sidney: Danielle is the love of my life and someone I am incredibly thankful for. From early on in our marriage she always said there could be no opportunity for resentment and that is one reason our relationship is what it is. We are surrounded by broken and hurt marriages, which makes me all the more thankful for my amazing wife. My daughters are amazing young ladies, who God has blessed me with. They are treasures that I will protect with my life and a few weapons of choice. I am so thankful for their willingness to follow God’s plan for our family.
The rest of my family and friends: Thank you for your support, prayers, and encouragement. Without that, it would make all of our journeys a lot harder. We should never look at each other’s path with jealousy or disdain, but only prayer, support, and encouragement. God has created us all unique and together, if we allow Him, He will use us for His eternal purposes. We are the Body!
There will always be changes of seasons in our lives; leaves will fall, snow will fly, flowers will bloom, and trees will blossom. It is not inherently bad; it is simply the changing of seasons and the rhythm of life. Even so, they can be difficult changes for all people involved. But, we find peace in one thing. This life is but a blip on the radar of eternity. We are given the opportunity to follow God’s calling on our life and make the most of our time on this planet. Because, in the end we stand before the most Holy Father and give Him and account of what we did. To my family and friends who love and serve Jesus, that means we get to spend an eternity together.
Never good bye…always see you later! I love you,