The Beautiful Collision of Family and Calling
Rebekah, me and Jen dreaming for IF last week.
It is almost a new year. When Zac and I drive home from visiting family after Christmas nearly every year I pull out scratch paper and I make categories, portions of our lives and we dream. For years I was overwhelmed and lost when it came to my dreams, discouraged as I looked at the categories and wondered if it was even ok to dream?
I was overwhelmed with young kids and a lot of those years I would numbly write my to do lists for the year and the extent of any personal dreaming was hopes to work out more.
So now it's different I'm living a whole host of dreams with an army of kids in tow- I've learned there are no easy answers to how to do it all. It is a dance, a deep dependence on God's Spirit. But it is of great comfort to have many friends who dance well around me.
Rebekah Lyons is a dear friend and was in town last week helping finalize some things for IF:Gathering. She is the author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning. She is a mother of three and married to Gabe, and is the cofounder of Q Ideas, a nonprofit organization that helps Christian leaders winsomely engage culture.
And I interrupted Guerro's Mexican food for ya'll to get to join our conversation. I just knew you all needed to be a part of us processing these tensions.
Some of the things we discuss:
"Ambition is seen as something for ourselves but bravery is advocating for others." -Rebekah quoting Sheryl Sandberg from Lean In.
"What I was so anxious about in the past… all of the sudden I was just doing it." -Rebekah
"I am at least showing my kids what it looks like to faithfully obey in a way that is not buttoned up with a pretty bow. And what they saw before was a house that was never dirty and a voice that was never heard. I would rather live in a house that is messy…" -Rebekah
"We want to raise brave kids who will sacrifice for others but we are scared to have our kids sacrifice." -Jennie
"There is a risk to retreat." -Rebekah