Making big decisions is seldom easy. My wife Katie and I recently made one of the biggest decisions of our lives. Accepting the chaplain’s position at MVNU will be life changing for our family. But change can be fun and we are excited about where God is leading us.
Over the next few months countless things will change for us: addresses, phone numbers, zip codes, job assignments, schools, friends—even wardrobes. For the last 5 years we’ve lived in one of the most beautiful places on earth. San Diego’s average temperature is 72 degrees and most days feel like the beginning of summer. The sun is always shining and the grass is always green. Our biggest wardrobe decisions include which flip-flops to wear. But that will soon change!
The many e-mails and phone calls about our move to Ohio feature one common element: the weather. “Do you realize you’re leaving sunny San Diego for the long, cold Ohio winters?” people ask. For many, snow and freezing temperatures are not appealing, but we are excited about seeing things change—watching the leaves turn from green to yellow to brown. I’m excited to see the first snow, to hear a thunderstorm, and to spend a day inside because of the weather. I enjoy seeing change and being a part of it.
As our journey begins together, I can’t wait to see the changes that God makes in you and in me. It’s going to be exciting to see how God uses you. Your decisions while you’re at MVNU will lead you down the path of change, but God will go with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Indeed it’s His desire to guide you as you make those decisions.
Chances are good that three of life’s biggest decisions will be made during your years at MVNU:
- What will you spend your life doing?
- Who will you spend your life with?
- Who will you serve?
Answers to those questions will make all the difference in the world for you. My prayer as we begin our journey together is that God will guide, bless, and use you in great ways. Thanks for allowing our family to join you on the journey.
June 2, 2008