#1,698 A New Chapter.
by Erin Napier
I can finally tell you what’s happening.
One of the great upheavals of our life is here, and I’m so thankful for a place to document it so I won’t ever forget this season of our life.
It’s been a secret for an entire week, that on Tuesday Ben told our pastor and the staff parish relations chair that he is turning in his letter of resignation. October 31 will be the last day of his life in career ministry. One last pumpkin patch. Tonight, he told the youth.
I can’t believe I just typed it. It’s real now, isn’t it?
His letter to the church family reads:
Effective October 31, 2014, I will no longer serve as the full time youth minister on the staff at Laurel First United Methodist Church. This decision comes with much thought and prayer as I feel that this chapter in my life has come to an end. Erin and I are not going anywhere and will continue to be active in the life of First Methodist. We stepped out in faith twice in 2009 when we decided to leave a great ministry position at Oak Grove, and that Erin would leave her day job and go full time with our business. In answering what we believed to be God’s call, we were blessed tremendously in both of these decisions. When I started professional youth ministry ten years ago, I knew that it was not a “forever” career. This has been the most educational and fulfilling chapter of my life, but it is time for me to move on to the next one and take up a full-time role in the business Erin and I started back then. Once again, we feel that God is calling us to make another step with him. Thank you for believing in me and trusting me with the guidance of your students over the last five years. Thank you for opening up and bringing us into the family at First Methodist. We are nervous, excited, scared, and optimistic about the next few years, but we pray that our church family will support us in this new calling.
“There are seasons you see, a season to sharpen your axe and a season to chop down the tree. I remember getting so frustrated with my work and thinking, this isn’t working, this will never work. And then something would happen, some little part would click and I would take it as a sign to keep going. Don’t try to rush through your axe sharpening season otherwise you will have to work twice as hard during your tree chopping season. Always have the chopped fallen tree as your goal, but take your time – learn your business inside and out, know your customers and take care of them, rise and grind every day. Your moment will come, your tree will fall and it will be awesome.”
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!