A friend of mine once tweeted, “If family is my number one ministry then family vacations are my most important ministry trips.”
I loved that tweet and I couldn’t agree with it more.
My family is my most important ministry.
My ministry as a pastor will not last forever.
There will be other ministry roles.
At some point my ministry career will end.
But I only get one family.
My wife and kids are truly the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.
As a youth pastor to a generation of students that have grown up in broken homes the word family doesn’t always bring to mind warm feelings.
The health and strength of my marriage preaches a better sermon than my latest and greatest attempt on a Wednesday night.
The love, care, and stability I demonstrate for my family is more powerful than words.
The way I play and interact with my kids is being observed by the students in our youth ministry.
I pray that our students that have grown up in broken homes can end that cycle when they get married and have kids of their own.
I hope I can pass on to them the value of being a present, involved, loving husband and father.
Yes, family is important business.
It’s my number one ministry.
I love our “business” trips together.