Today we leave for summer camp. Yesterday we celebrated 20 years of marriage. This is our 18th summer in Student Ministry. None of the students on this bus were born when we headed out on our very first summer camp to SummerSalt so many years ago. In some ways that blows my mind. As we read from 1 Corinthians 12 & 13, I’m struck by the goodness of God. He has been so faithful through these years of marriage and ministry. He called us into ministry and He has seen us through and provided all along the way.
In chapter 12 Paul talks about our spiritual gifts and the parts we play in the Kingdom. As we celebrate 20 years of marriage I’m reminded this morning that ministry isn’t a solo sport. It’s a team effort. My marriage to Ashley is just another reminder of the need for partners in ministry. My gifts are different from her gifts. But together we are better suited to pastor teenagers and their families. We complement each other. In the same way, the Church is meant to work together with various gifts to fulfill the Great Commission.
In chapter 13 are the words that are inscribed on our wedding bands. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 is an amazing picture of what love should look like. It’s a direct description of Jesus himself. My prayer is that these word still ring true of our marriage now and til death do us part. Lord, use us…our marriage…and our family to bring you glory and draw many to your Kingdom.