Every morning I leave for work, I drive down this road and look back in this rearview mirror.

My wife is back there.

My children are back there playing.

Without me.

Ahead of me lies conquest. Mission. Vision. And yet behind me lies the same: training my children for mission, conquering new realms with my wife.

It’s a world torn in two.

That’s because I exist in the beautiful strain of tension. We all do. The pressures that exist between who we’re becoming and what we were, what we’re pressing toward and what we never want to leave.

Neither world is wrong, only being in the wrong one at the wrong time is. And that’s why the Holy Spirit is so important: He alone can dictate the proper rhythm for your life, faithful through the nuances of all it’s seasons.

Because when I come home later in the day – little voices squealing my name – that rearview mirror shows others I leave behind: hurting lives, valuable families, noble Kingdom endeavors.

Make sure there are goals within your day job that reach beyond the temporal; and make sure your home life sees as much time in the front window as it does in the rearview. ch:



Miriam Woodruff · 10 Nov ’11 at 9:11 am

Wisdom oozes out of your pores my friend. Just keep oozing, just keep oozing. “:0) {{HUGS}}

Felicia Passino · 10 Nov ’11 at 11:50 am

Wow Chris, this post really spoke to me. Keep up the great work and praying for you and your family.

    Christopher Hopper · 10 Nov ’11 at 4:29 pm

    Felicia: I’m honored that it was an encouragement. Thanks for reading. You’re an amazing wife and mom. Keep it up, woman of God!

Glade · 10 Nov ’11 at 12:45 pm

Inspiring post, Sir Hopper!

Mom · 10 Nov ’11 at 9:38 pm

Ah so sweet and true. It never changes. Xoxo

JenniferRiley · 11 Nov ’11 at 2:28 pm

W.O.W!!!! I love this! I always focus on what I leave behind when I am off to start my day but never really look at what is in the rear view mirror as I go home! But I will now! 🙂

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