After a year and a half of God calling us to rebuild All Good Things, I (Helen) have recently felt called to step into more of a visionary role within the company. There was a time for all hands on deck and for me to be in the nitty gritty details, but with an amazing staff in place, I now hear Him calling me to get back to my roots, to painting and writing for the remembrance of Christ.
I have prayed a lot over the last year about how my gifts can best serve our team and community, and the word that God has continually given me over the past couple of months is the word “watchman.” A watchman is “one who guards against possible harm to people or property, often during the night and who may sound an alarm in the face of danger.” So I believe I am called to be keeping watch, to keep my eyes open for anything that would threaten our team or community or the church at large for that matter, and in a sense, sound the alarm so we turn toward the direction God has called us to.
In reality, we are all called to be watchmen over our homes and families, and most importantly we are watchmen for the bride, His Church. We are called to preserve the word He has given us for the next generation and we are called to stand up against the things that could threaten His church.
I have been asking God what it looks like for me to stand firm in being a watchman, in preserving truth for my own family and for the All Good Things family.
God gave me two simple words. Story and laughter. I believe the next generation needs connection! They need to see how the word of God has come alive in our lives, and I think they need us to stop taking ourselves quite so seriously and laugh with them a little more.
So as I step into more of a visionary role at All Good Things during this Lenten season, I will be stepping back into painting and writing for the sake of sharing my story with this generation and the next. I am praying it inspires others to dig deep into their own stories and share them with others.
We are all part of one body, and we are all characters in one large narrative that God is writing! And He has given us the amazing privilege of being the mouths that tell that story! So let’s go! So let's go tell our stories and laugh a little along the way!