Finishing the Season

The lock screen on my iPhone is a picture of dusk at day’s end.  As my final days as FCA’s VP of Field Ministry for the Northeast Region come to a close, it’s good to take a moment to look back at the past ten years and see how God has orchestrated change in His perfect timing.

I remember, as if it was yesterday, sitting in my office in Kansas City as a map of the United States was shared, and my eyes were drawn to the Northeast Region. I knew God would be sending me.  I am indescribably thankful God drew my heart to this great part of the country I grew up in, and that there was something very significant He wanted to do in and through me in the new role that He had for me.  The ten years have flown by as God has moved powerfully in my life and in the lives of others.  As my time here comes to a close, I can look back and understand His purpose for sending me to the Northeast.

With gratitude I thank God for the work He has done in the Northeast Region in the lives of coaches, athletes and many others He has put in my life.  I pray prayers of gratitude for the friendships he has blessed me and my family with.  I thank God for the memories of the powerful moments, where it was undeniable that He was doing incredible things in the lives of countless coaches, athletes and families.  I thank God for the moments of FCA Camps, late night runs to buy Frostys from Wendy’s for our coaches, and incalculable amounts of coffee God provided.  With gratitude I thank God for my family and their flexibility and support in serving on FCA Staff for over 20 years.  God has been moving in FCA for 65 years and I am thankful to have built on the spiritually strong, mission focused foundation laid by Cal Kern, Fouad Faris and countless others.  I am thankful to pass the baton to Nathan Bliss, who is an incredible leader and has a deep connection with God, to continue leading the Northeast Region!

When we stop and give thanks, often times God in His leading of us in His prayers causes our hearts and prayers to look to the future.  Looking to Him doesn’t mean you do not appreciate the past, but with the end of a day and season in life, you can be thankful and allow Him to do something new in the future!

What I desire more than anything else is summed up in Paul’s powerful prayer for the Ephesians which resonates with me in such a deep way:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner beingso that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.   Ephesians 3:15-21

As God raises up Nathan Bliss, a brother in Christ, my prayer is that he and those I care about so deeply here would have “the power to understand how wide, how long and how deep God’s love is, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.”  If even one person that God has put in my path these past ten years is able to experience this love and pray as Paul prays to the Ephesians, I will know that my days here were well invested.

I am not excited to leave, and I will miss everyone incredibly, but I am eager to see what God does in the years ahead in the Northeast Region!  As a new day begins, I am excited to serve God in my next role with FCA as I support our team from the FCA Support Center!

The scripture that Paul prays for the people he loves so dearly in Ephesus is similar to the prayer that I pray for all of my friends in the Northeast. And, for what God has done in our years together I share Paul’s final remarksTo Him be the glory in the church and in Christ!” Amen.

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