Son Shine Ministries has been a part of the Azle, Texas, community since 1981, and we are grateful to be actively involved. Several years ago, we asked a few local businesses in Azle and the DFW area if they would like to partner with us through donations and other ways, and we were blessed by the response. Since then, we conduct an annual business fundraiser, sharing with them our vision and how they can support it. We are currently wrapping up this fundraiser, following up with those who have expressed interest but want more information. Each year, our support increases, and we are deeply grateful for the families this sponsorship helps us reach. Thank you, local businesses! (To see a current list of this year's business sponsors, click here.)
Grounded Inwardly but Focused Outwardly
Denver Seminary President Mark Young and his wife, Priscilla, contribute an excellent chapter in a new book on marriage released recently. As a part of their preparation to write their chapter, they took the opportunity to summarize the most important beliefs they have about marriage.
Of the five points they listed, all were within the context of the greater mission of God. Their second point reads, "Our marriage is to be grounded inwardly but focused outwardly. The strength of our marriage and integrity of our family life determine the strength and integrity of our ministry. How we relate to God, to each other, and to our children provide a foundation for how we relate to others."*
The Apostle Paul encouraged the Corinthians that they were "walk[ing] by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). This is the current reality for those of us who are in Christ—that because of the Lord's enablement, we are living (walking) by faith. As we live out our faith at home, our unity strengthens, and our attention can be focused on a common mission of sharing Jesus.
No human marriage is perfect. We all struggle at times, because maintaining oneness in our marriage is difficult! Fortunately, God is at work within us, enabling us to do what he has asked (cf. Philippians 2:13). In fact, we are dramatically loved by a perfect God, and he wants our marriages to work and to be a part of his mission.
"Dear Father, we long to live out what we believe and to be a team of reliable witnesses for you. We ask for your help to strengthen our marriage and family. Help us to remember that in our weakness, you are strong, and that through our many imperfections, we can point to a perfect God who loves us and gave his very life as a substitute for us. In Jesus' name, amen."
*Mark S. Young and Priscilla Young; "Chapter 15: Marriage and the Mission of God"; Marriage: Its Foundation, Theology, and Mission in a Changing World; Curt Hamner, John Trent, Rebekah J. Byrd, Eric L. Johnson, and Erik Thoennes, eds. (Chicago: Moody, 2018), 356