It’s Not Always Easy But It’s Worth It

My daugther Julie called a little while ago and it’s official; she and Chris are moving to The Woodlands, Texas.  Chris will be the High School Pastor at The Woodlands Church (formerly Fellowship of the Woodlands where we were before coming to GFC).  I am so pumped for them and know God will use them in awesome ways.  They bring so much to the table when it comes to following Christ.  This is another step in what God has for them, and The Woodlands Church is an awesome church.

At the same time, I’m a little sad to see them go.   I really am pumped, but their leaving is kinda like when each of our kids went off to college – a little bitter sweet because you miss seeing them all the time.   It’s been great to have them so close and to get to see them every weekend  (they are both involved at our church).  It’s been really cool to be able to hang out and be close enough to visit, play games or go out together  (my favorite place is Salt Grass because Chris has to buy me cheesecake every time we go – part of the agreement when I said he could marry Julie!).

Maybe it’s appropriate that I read Luke 14 in my time alone with God today.  It’s where Jesus said:  26 “If you want to be my follower you must love me more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters — yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.  27 And you cannot be my disciple if you do not carry your own cross and follow me.   33 So no one can become my disciple without giving up everything for me. 

Sometimes following Christ means releasing those you love because you love Him most; it’s not always easy but it’s worth it.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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