Years ago, a friend of ours, stopped us on our way out of the church parking lot. We were previously discussing my husband’s increasing role at our place of worship. I said something like “I am a slouch because I don’t do much of anything compared to him.” It was then, our friend said, “I believe in Levitical families.” She went on to explain that it’s usually never one person of the household who is called to serve. Both husband, wife, and even children, are all called to serve God in one capacity or another. At the time, I heard her but now I really understand the weight of that statement.
My husband is a preacher. He is the Pastor at the church we attend. He is a bi-vocational Pastor at that, meaning he has a full-time job and he Pastor’s a church. Pastoring is not limited to preaching on Sunday. It is all-encompassing.
My husband works 40 hours a week in his profession plus a few hours every evening at home. He spends roughly 20 hours a week, and that is an observers estimate, on church business (paperwork, communication, etc) plus the time it takes to meditate and prepare a sermon. He is ALWAYS forward thinking and planning for months and years ahead. That is his calling. God called Him to pastor.
As his wife and as far as our family goes, we live a Levitical life. We have a Levitical schedule. Saturday and Sunday brunches are non-existent for us. Saturday evening time with friends? No way man. Sunday night dates? No. The get up and go lifestyle? Not here. I often look at other families and think how wonderful it is for them to be able to go grocery shopping together. I usually end up going after the girls are in the bed.
This is not a complaint. It is a reflection. I see Facebook posts about the fantastic Sundays people have and the wonderful Saturday evenings they experience. I look longingly on those post but remember our calling is different. Corporate worship is not optional for us. My family can’t live stream service while we relax on the couch eating pancakes. My husband can’t live stream from home. Convenience is not the calling.
Our whole family is involved. We all have to be up and ready Sunday morning which means Saturday evening is treated like a school night. Our home operates on a quieter level, which is no easy task, when my husband is working on his sermon. There are many other things that run differently in our Levitical home that are both common to other Levitical families and unique to our blended Levitical family.
The calling is high.