Change is inevitable, we see it all around us. There is some change that we can control, like what we eat, where we go, how we choose to live. Then there’s change that we can’t control, like new taxes, or aging. But then there’s another type of change… change that we go after – change that we not only control, but willfully begin. Today, for me (Peter) was the first day of that type of change. I sat in the congregation at our church for the first time in four years. I had been the Associate Pastor, and leading worship every morning, but for the first time I now am not.

It’s an interesting feeling – this bittersweet feeling. I knew that I wouldn’t make a good pastor and a good missionary at the same time, so Val and I decided to withdraw from ministry to focus on going to Japan. We need to learn Japanese, be calling people and churches. We need to go places, visit people, talk to missions committees. We think a lot of this stuff will take place on weekends… that’s why I stepped down, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Knowing that God is leading us this way and that He is directing our steps, is comforting, but the change still is challenging.

Why is it that the right choices seem to be difficult?

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