When we moved to Mazatlan three years ago, we were burning with passion, full of fight, and a little naive.

We were ready to take on anything. We knew the years ahead were not going to be easy. We knew we would face challenges, hurdles and disappointments along the way.

And we weren’t wrong.

Sure, some days are filled to the brim with happy. Kids whose worlds are being changed, mothers who are becoming better parents, and staff that work their butts off to make a real difference in the lives of these families. Days where we can’t help but just stand back and feel incredibly proud.

But those are not most days.

The harsh reality hiding behind the pretty photos of happy, smiling children is that this is the hardest thing that we have ever done

Every once in a while, people tell us we work too hard. And we smile politely and rattle off some dismissive answer.

They mean well, and we know that. But here’s what we really want to say:

We are called to run.

Because for us, that’s what being a follower of Christ means. Being a Christian is not meant to be safe, or comfortable, or only requiring our devotion within what we deem an agreeable measure. Being a Christian is serious business. And if we dare to work in Jesus’ name, then we are not allowed to take it easy, let things go, give anything less than every ounce of our time, our energy, our heart to the work He’s called us into.

Yes, we’re tired. Yes, some days we feel like we could sleep forever. Yes, this is by far the HARDEST thing we have EVER done. Yes, sometimes we would LOVE a break.

And one day we will. But God is saying not right now.

Right now we’re called to be staying up, working in our home office a bit too late, rushing to the hospital at 4 am with a little one, living on a meager paycheck, giving Roots & Wings our all.

And we truly, wholeheartedly LOVE what we do.

We are still passionate. We are still full of fight. Perhaps a little less naive.

But we won’t give up. We won’t stop fighting. And we won’t burn out. 

And it’s worth it, friends. Every day is worth it.

It’s our privilege to serve Him.

Herefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

 Hebrews 12:1-3