We returned to the cardiologist group office two weeks after our last visit. We had trouble finding the room; all the numbers had been rearranged. To us, it appeared more confusing than before. The nurse chatted with Wendy and me as she placed stickers all over my body for my cardiogram. Commenting on the chaotic room arrangement, she shrugged, “Too many people in charge around here.” We laughed.
How timely this observation was for us. Like the cardiologist group, companies go through reorganizations every few years. Working at Focus on the Family (goodness, it has been seven years!) it seemed we were constantly going through “re-orgs.” The schools I worked for in the 90’s, every year seemed like a re-org. While re-orgs cost money and time and usually burdens the employees with a fair amount of hassle, they are healthy for the organization. Often necessary.
Two days ago I posted on the good news of my positive prognosis of myocarditis. Wendy and I are still reveling in the joyous news. Yesterday I posted on the bad news of our mountain of medical bills, coupled with struggling businesses. Like the nurse at the cardiologist’s office, we’re feeling a burden. It’s a re-org of our life. There are a few key things I’m rearranging. I really need to. We’re considering it a “Jeub Family Re-org.”
I’m going to list some of the specifics tomorrow, but for today, can you allow me a deep spiritual thought here? Here it is: I’m not the head of my household. Jesus Christ is, and I love the man. If I were the boss, there would be “too many people in charge around here.” This Christianity stuff isn’t fake. He is real, He is risen, and He’s in charge. Jesus has my attention now, and He’s been quite serious lately. He’s my answer to my troubles. In fact, I’d wager that my troubles have answers in them.
Troubles. Hassles. Bothers. Do you have your share in your life? I bet you do. Who doesn’t? If you claim your life is hassle free, I doubt your testimony, just like everyone in your life probably does. I invite you to consider these three fundamental truths of a lifetime re-org:
1. Jesus calls us. If you don’t know Jesus Christ, I’m very sorry. He is the perfect friend in troubling times. And this includes any religious types who think they’ve got their theology all wrapped up in a neat, sterile ball of legalism. Jesus turned tables over hyper-religious obstacles we put in our way from knowing God. Jesus loves us, he “stands at the door and knocks” (Rev. 3:20), he wants us to let him into our lives. He’s calling me and my family into a personal relationship with Him. Man, I wish more people just opened their hearts to Him. They’d discover a whole new world.
2. There is love here. John Eldredge reminded me lately that Jesus is “love in action.” Love in action. I may inadvertently refer to my trials as “hard times,” but this is love happening. Love, the Greatest Commandment, twisted by the rock-n-roll world and so lightly spoken among Christians. Wendy and I strain over every word in our books, each blasting love like trumpets (Love Another Child, in the House, in the Kitchen, even on a Diet). Oh, how Wendy and I want to keep preaching the Good News.
3. We aren’t meant to do this alone. Wendy and I have dreamed about selling a million books and allowing the royalties to keep the writing pen moving. You know the dream, don’t you? Having all your money problems solved to continue (or start!) what you love to do? Same with Training Minds Ministry. I have plenty of coaches — way better at coaching than me — chomping at the bit to make this a full-time gig. Instead, they work on their vacation time, and I finance the ministry on a shoe string. Picture this future: families that love each other, build up one another, and are able to communicate Christ’s love to the world. That’s our vision, and I so wish people supported it!
There is a deep, universal truth stirring up here, and Wendy and I are spending a good deal of time (praise God for that myocarditis!) praying to God, trying to figure this out. It has much to do with the Greatest Commandment — love — the relationship between us an God, us and others, us and you. There may be tension in our life right now — financial, relational, spiritual — and I’m sensing the levy ready to break soon. I’m a little uneasy as to what the waters will bring, but I’m sure looking forward to the cleansing.
My guess is that this resonates with you. Wendy and I would love to hear from you. We have a ton of followers, over a thousand every day, most of which are “gawkers.” That’s not meant to be demeaning; I visit a ton of sites that I never post on either. But now may be the time, especially if something I’m ranting on is strumming a chord. If anything, I’d simply like to hear from you. Please post your thoughts below.