So it’s not my FIRST Easter, but it is my first Easter with my family. I have been actively involved in technical ministry for most of my life, and all of my adult life. I think it’s easy to say I have volunteered or worked every Easter service at some church for the last 12 years. It was a good run, but this year is going to be a little different. I will only be going to one Easter service and I will be home with my family all day Easter Sunday. That has NEVER happened! My oldest son is only 9 so for as long as he has been alive I have not been home for Easter. I actually had to ask my wife the other day what OUR Easter traditions are, because I don’t know since I have never been a part of them. She said “Well this time of year you are usually super stressed and working late so our tradition is to just survive.” That’s it. The only good news about that is the expectations are set so low I should have no problem going above and beyond the call this year, comparatively.
So while I am excited about my first Easter with my family, lets face it, it is a little sad that it comes this late in my family’s life. I knew my job was taking too much of my time and my priorities weren’t in order, but this revelation is just a bit ridiculous.
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not ridiculous mark… just a reality. i have worked with mark for many many years and he is totally devoted. to whatever he is doing. so am i. work, ministry, family, fun, parties, relatives, country, you name it. we are people who embrace life fully. and sometimes you need a break from one thing to enjoy another. but whatever it is you’re doing. embrace it to the fullest and give your all. i have 5 kids. oldest is 24, youngest 13 so i’m a little ahead of mark in the “seasons” of life but one thing we have in common is what i’ve stated above. we are totally devoted to what we are doing. sometimes you can do it all at once and sometimes you need to pull back in one area to accommodate another area. but the sweetest time is when you can go full on with ALL your passions at once and we’ve had those moments in my family, but mostly it’s a balancing act. we miss you mark, but the sweet hugs i get from your kids when i see them is because you brought THEM into our world and they got to know me because of your passion for ministry at church. seasons brother, season. the happiest pot easters to you and your awesome family from me and my awesome family… God is good…
Great post, Mark – hope you’re enjoying this new season! Have a great Holiday weekend!
You are a wonderful father, son, brother, and husband and your family is all excited to have this chance to spend Easter with you! I’m so proud of all you have done and I know God has great things in store for you.
Mark, I commend you!