long obedience in the same direction

Here's an excerpt from my post over at Of Dust and Kings today (go check out the full post if you want the rest):

Christ, who holds all things together, offers Himself to be savored and then promises to make us look like Him.

My parents didn't know just how narrow the gate and hard the way would be as foster parents, but they didn't sign up for a short spasm of passion that they could forget after a while. My parents signed up for the long and tedious work, committing to trust God's grace to light the way for their next step on the hard way. They aren't doing it perfectly, but they are daily looking more and more like Christ.

If you want to hear Gary Haugen's talk from The Justice Conference that inspired this soapbox of sorts, check it out below. The last few minutes are worth watching, so if you only have a bit of time start from 41:30. You won't regret it.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/61204119]

I wrote previously about my parents' experience here: "mid-life: exchanging crisis for calling" and here "the opposite of mid-life crisis".