While the weekend tends to be a time for rest and relaxation, it can often turn into a couple days in which we forget to stay focused on the eternal and fix our eyes on the seen instead. For that very reason, I am going to start a series in which I give random tidbits of wisdom from various people I know or don’t know, but who I admire and look to for inspiration and growth. Who better than to start with than my God-fearing, good-looking hubby?
Trip to Ethiopia 2010
Hugh is leaving to go to Cusco, Peru, to serve with a team from his residency program and a couple of their wives. He will be staying with some missionaries that used to live in Augusta with us, where they will be serving together in a variety of ways. They hope to serve as a source of encouragement for our friends who live there, and they will also be running a triage clinic in a remote village outside of Cusco. While they desire to meet physical needs there, the most important need they want to meet is the one that satisfies eternally; namely sharing the good news about Christ. I am so thrilled that Hugh is going, and have not for a second wished he was staying here with the girls and me. Here is your weekend wisdom straight from Hugh’s heart:
“Because of the challenges that we have been dealing with within our family, one of my fears has been leaving them for a week. However, scripture clearly addresses this. “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake finds it” (Matthew 10:37-39). This is not some brainwashing theology, but Biblical truth. It is not that our love for family, parents, wife, and children is cheapened or unimportant. I cannot begin to tell you the grief that would take place in my heart upon the thought of losing my wife or children. However, these feelings and bonds pale in comparison to the way that our Adoptive Father in heaven loves us and has sacrificed for us.The weight of this truth is what motivates me to go so that, “I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is Your love” (Psalm 57:9-10). ”
– Hugh Cheek
Friends, whatever your week held or your weekend holds, all pales in comparison to His love. He is worth it. Worth our sacrifices. Worth our surrender. Worth our praise.