This week my husband and I went to a conference for sponsors of teenagers. As the speaker began to talk about working with teenagers, he said, “Life is Messy”. He talked about getting involved with the teenage generation, spending quality time with them, giving up what you might want to do, learning to live in community, and living life real. It made me think that working with teenagers is really not any different than working with the elderly. Life is just plain Messy no matter what age you work with.
Life is Messy here. With everyone that lives at this house and comes and goes through it we certainly live in community. Isn’t that what Jesus taught. To step out and help one another. When our daughter was younger I read that it takes a village to raise a child and it certainly did take a village. It is taking a village to work with the grandparents. Mostly it is that same village, that same community we used when our daughter was growing up. How can that be? It is because we have continued to grow with that village. Our daughter still contacts those people when she can’t reach us or needs a listening ear.
I’ve learned that working with the grandparents is almost harder than raising a teenager. Yes you read that right. They already have friends and family and then they are displaced. Not everyone thinks we are caring for them correctly. Everyone has their opinion. Many agree with the lifestyle we have chosen or should I say been commanded to live. There are also others that disagree with what we are doing. Some people don’t speak to us now and others have to give their two cents on everything we do. So yes Life is Messy but do we really want it any other way?
Without the Mess, we wouldn’t learn and grow and develop into who God really wants us to be. Without the Mess, we wouldn’t experience the parts of life that we had never dreamed we would learn about. Without the Mess we wouldn’t learn how to really love people that don’t really love us. Messy Life is what caused the disciples to scatter and spread the gospel further to new parts of the world. I don’t know that caring for grandparents is spreading the gospel much but it is agreeing to live life at a new level. A level that stretches us each day. A level that makes us count our blessing. We count you as a blessing in our life as you continue to encourage and pray for the day by day living we experience in our Messy Lives. Thanks for living life with us and encouraging us as we continue on the path we have been called to for as long as we are called .