My urgency of the day is irrelevant. Today’s plan is pointless. Who I am and what I’ll be in the scheme of the small church Kingdom (or my personal kingdom) doesn’t matter.
Unless I’m “Forever Minded.”
(Thanks for allowing me the emotional outpour that’s about to happen. You can stop here if you have better things to do.)
A dear Ministry Architects friend, Duane Smith, lost the love of his earthly life yesterday to cancer. His beautiful wife, Karin, made her journey Home. She’d suffered so; it was time and God’s Grace escalated the timeline.
Duane (with Karin) has spent years pouring into small churches and their youth ministries. Duane is a “uthmin lifer.” When Karin’s cancer looked like it was going to get the best of the physical her, she and Duane turned their ministry into a broader focus, allowing us all in to watch their faith grow as her body shrank. Their Facebook page, dedicated to witnessing through the old into the new, gave us a daily glimpse into what impending death and approaching eternity looks like from a front row seat. What a gift! (Go ahead and check it out. Duane wants you to. “Karin Smith Support Group.”)
So here I am in Kansas City for two days working with a big church in the children’s ministry area. As I got out of the car today, reciting my mental list of all my “to-do’s,” it occurred to me that “this” – what I do - isn’t worth anything unless I keep my eyes daily on the Prize.
Making eternity with Jesus happen for those around me.
Cancer = 0. Karin = Eternity. Karen wins!