“In every situation, say ‘God I’m not quite sure; lead me to the storyline here where I belong,’” says Bo Stern, Pastor of Interns and Life Groups at Westside Church in Bend, OR. “Because if I don’t belong there, somebody else does.” While we can’t be everything to everyone, God has given us certain spheres of influence that belong to us to own and nurture: marriage, children, ministry, etc. “There’s a certain hierarchy of obligation. Whenever I get out from under that I end up struggling.” The rest of our time and opportunities should be taken to God, and we simply let him tell us where we should invest our energy.
Bo has written a book on suffering called Beautiful Battlefields about her husband’s struggle with ALS.