Sometimes you have to do what you have to do for what you know you are destined for. You can’t live life the way other people live their lives and expect to be extraordinary. Then the other thing is why the heck do you want to be extraordinary? For your own good? To leave a legacy in your own name? Or is there an eternity built in to your desire to be extraordinary? Something that goes beyond you and speaks of God, the Creator who gave you life.
We honor God in our lives and we are so incredibly indebted to Him for all His generosity and favor toward us. How could we not seek to be extraordinary for Him? Living our lives to the full is like living an open invitation to those who are orphaned and inviting them to come and join us as we dine at the Father’s banquet table.
Living this life sometimes calls for breaking religious and cultural mores. Didn’t Jesus do that? Yet, He only did what His Father in heaven commanded Him to do.
This time last year, Jevon was interviewed by Essence Magazine about how our family is organized–you know, division of labor. At the time, Jevon had been working consistently full-time for a few years, while Will was the primary caregiver for our two children. Well, in any good relationship there are shifts and changes. “Seasons change; mad things rearrange…” (Sorry we just digressed into a Lauryn Hill lyric.) And then if love is really there, each person gives whatever opportunity they can to make room for each other to thrive and grow. We believe that sincerely. His call may not be her sole call, and her call may not be his sole call, but jointly we can be full in our giftings and talents and bless people by the love, joy, and peace that comes from being truly nurtured and supported by the one you love.
Since the article, we’ve adjusted our roles. We knew this would happen even as the article went live before millions. We were right in the midst of transition. Aren’t we all? Our children are older and both are in school–doing quite well actually. Will has since stepped further out into his calling by becoming a worship leader for Way of Grace Ministries in Orlando, and he is back at writing a second album called Illuminate–destined to enlighten your soul and spirit.
We will do whatever it takes to be in the place of God’s favor and blessing. No matter what it looks like to others. There are times of struggle as we seek to stay grounded in God as attacks on every side try to shake us off course. Then there are times of sheer victory, where we really can’t even remember how hard things were the week before.
We are thankful to God for His constant guidance, His love, and His rhema word that never cease to amaze us.
So just for kicks, take a look back one year ago at where we were at the time of the Essence interview (the discussion in the comments were really lively): “I Work, He Stays At Home, We’re Happy.”