Several times since my wife and I moved to Texas something has happened that prompted one of us to say “That’s why we’re here.” We relocated to help our daughter, who has a full time job, with our two grandsons–ages 7 and 3. We talked and thought about moving for over a year, and finally pulled the trigger this past December. The past six months have proven to be even better than we imagined as we have become a vital part of the daily lives of our daughter and grandsons.
Their dog became ill and needed to be taken to the vet. Jan volunteered and said “that’s why we’re here.” Our younger grandson got strep throat and I stayed home with him one day. I told my daughter “that’s why we’re here.” Jan does so much around our daughter’s house that I have occasionally complained only to be reminded “that’s why we’re here.” It was my privilege to help coach our older grandson’s little league baseball team. One time the coach told me I didn’t have to carry the equipment, but I told him “that’s why we’re here.” I won’t bore you with more examples–I think you get the point.
As important as being fully engaged as grandparents is, there is more. On multiple occasions our new pastor has suggested to us that God had a reason for bringing us to our new church. We’re not yet totally sure what that is, but I have already preached on two weekends and we are talking about other ways I can serve. Not only are we plugging into our new church, I have had a variety of opportunities in other venues to preach, teach, and serve. I am especially excited to fill the position of teaching the Bible class at Amarillo High School beginning this fall.
Through the years I have often been asked by people who were discouraged or depressed or seriously ill, “Why am I still here?” Occasionally I have offered a reason or two, but I think it is better when I ask what they think the reason is. It is not always obvious, but there are reasons why all of us are where we are. The challenge, of course, is to realize there are reasons, explore what they may be, and then fulfill them.
The Texas Panhandle is the fourth place Jan and I have lived in the 43 years we have been married. There was a reason we lived on the west side of Cincinnati and I was youth pastor at Bridgetown Church of Christ for almost five years. There was reason we moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia and I was pastor of Delaware Valley Church of Christ for almost 10 years. There was a reason we moved to Moreno Valley, California, and I was the founding pastor of Discovery Christian Church where we stayed for 30 years.
As hard as it was to leave Southern California, we have not regretted our move to Texas. There is a reason we are here and we know at least in part what that reason is. And we look forward to realizing other reasons why we’re here.
Why are you where you are?
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You are on a roll now. Keep the messages coming.
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very encouraging. thx
This is such a well-timed reminder that God has a purpose for where and when we are. I have begun to question, “Why am I a high school teacher, particularly of freshman English in an era when parents do not discipline their kids and disciplinary consequences are being stripped away from teachers in the classroom and in administration. Why am I subjected to verbal abuse from my students with no recourse and feel under attack and ganged up on by my students.” God has a purpose. Maybe I am the adult that will show that child love and acceptance for one hour a day that he does not experience the rest of the day. Maybe I’m the one to shape that student so when she gets to sophomore English, my colleague can get her ready for college. Maybe I am the soldier on the front line of the that goes to battle in the trenches so these students have a fighting chance of graduating and going on to be productive members of society. That might be why I’m here. Thanks, Bob, for the reminder.
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Part of relocating or starting new phases in our lives is keeping busy. Meeting others, trying new things and looking for adventures keeps me too busy to ask “Why am I here.”
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