Another chapter down…
Last week we proudly said goodbye to the kindergarten years – finally. After five kids and seven years of kindergarten, Jackson successfully made it through on his first attempt. He’s making the grades, even as he’s only been in America for less than 18 months, so we’re listening to the educational professionals and moving on. Yes, we are finally DONE with this one chapter in our lives – now so many more to write. For the three littlest Dabrowskis, they continue to “excel,” if you can say this at such a young age, in their respective classes and development. Having held Caleigh and Chloe back to repeat kindergarten allowed them to be at the top of their classes rather than struggling and lagging behind. This will certainly help them as they continue to progress and mature throughout elementary, Jr. High and High School. Then there is Jillian, who continues to maintain a 3.7 GPA going into her senior year. Okemos is ranked #7 in the State for High Schools and is considered a “college prep school,” engaging students to excel at the next level. For Jillian, we begin to think through what her near future will look like. In one year, she will be walking across the platform, receiving her high school diploma, ready to embark on a new, fresh, exciting journey for life. As we sat down this weekend to begin to think through the future – she was already thinking BIG. As a matter of fact, this is how she began the conversation – “You know how you’re always telling us to think big!…” Well, what she is thinking, in our minds is pretty big, unique and unorthodox. It is the desire God has place upon her heart and it is a desire we are very excited about. So, we will see what takes shape and how her passion to do something amazing for God defines her near future.
This summer, it’s all about ministry. For us, ministry doesn’t slow down for June, July and August. As a matter of fact, we take it up another notch. With our V.B.S. Kids Camp, On Goal Soccer Ministry, Zelos Wednesday Night Worship and sixteen days in Zambia, Africa working with Child Evangelism Fellowship and LifeSong for Orphans, I am afraid to say it but, before we know it, fall will be knocking on our door, and we’ve yet to fully embrace summer in mid-Michigan. Mix into this equation a trip out to the east coast to visit my family for a long weekend and a two day kayaking trip with Jillian – this is about the end to a fully, busy, ministry filled summer.
We’ve seen some changes in our family and in the life of some of our friends in recent weeks, along with more changes on the way. Yet, one truth which remains without fail is, our God is an unchanging, sovereign Lord. On those days where I or we can’t figure out what is transpiring around us or where God is taking us, we fully embrace the fact, our Lord is in total control and knows what our next step will entail. This is one truth we’ve learned about our Lord: He doesn’t lay down every paver so you see the panoramic view of your life. He simply lays down the next stepping stone. And when by faith you decide to step out, trusting Him and planting your feet firmly upon what He has laid before you, rest assured, the next paver will then be placed. But, it comes by FAITH! As the Psalmist pens so powerfully in Psalm 37:23 – The steps of a man are established by the Lord, And He delights in his way. What a great truth to embrace and a thought to powerfully live by each day. As we seek the next step for our lives, stepping out in faith, following His lead, this summer, look to do something great…something amazing, not for your own name or for your fame, but for His renown.
[Top picture: Chloe, Caleigh and Jackson during the first week of school 2012; Bottom picture: Chloe, Caleigh and Jackson, the last week of school 2013]