I talked with my mentee, Mary, this week because she’s been thinking about delaying family plans with her fiancee to pursue mission opportunities. Church culture can sometimes make ministry seem like the ultimate objective and that everything should bow down to the needs of evangelism and outreach. My advice to her is something I’ve been trying to live myself. We can’t serve God well if we are letting down the people who count on us the most. I have felt really guilty in my career for turning down opportunities to serve in different cities in China and I’ve passed on going to a lot of conferences to protect my family time. After 15 years of missions ministry, I’m not where I thought I would be. There are lot of places I haven’t gone as a missionary and a lot of churches that I wish I could have worked with. But I’ve given my best to my family. My conscience is at peace because I know that I’ve been faithful to the covenant of marriage. Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind. Proverbs 11:29

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