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I’ve Been “Interrupted”

August 18, 2014

holypassionHave you ever been deeply convicted of something? I mean, have you ever been so thoroughly convinced a change needs to happen in your life that it totally interrupts everything you are doing?

As moms, we know interruptions. You can’t do much work at home without having “helpers” or little people who need something from you that very instant. On a deeper level, even having your children interrupted your previous way of life, didn’t it?

As a pastor’s wife, I find myself caught up in the “business” of being a church at times. There are things that have to be done each week. We “must” have a certain number of attendees at a service. There “need to be” fabulous components in the service to satisfy the people who have faithfully showed up.

Questions like… Is the music the right volume? Do we have the nursery workers and greeters in place? How many bulletins were printed?…roll through my head as the service starts.

All that is not bad, but sometimes I think we get caught up in doing all the things to be done inside the church and we don’t have time to do more where, truly, it counts

The problem is we haven’t really been called to do church, we’ve been called to minister to all the people.

Recently I reviewed a book about this very subject. Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity is the personal story of Jen Hatmaker and her family as they navigated through being interrupted from their very comfortable way of life to do something bigger.


And it has totally inspired me. I need to do more. I need to do differently. I need to change who I minister to. And I don’t use the word minister there because I am a pastor’s wife. I am saying we all need to be seeing the world around us and doing more for those people in it.

Some people have already realized this. They are out there, serving people who live with needs that I truly don’t understand because I have a house and food and clothes. If you already get that and are out there helping, great, keep doing it.

But as Jen says in her book, we shouldn’t be coming to these people to save them from whatever is in their world and then walk away. We should be building lasting relationships that matter.

And that really isn’t to get them to follow us back to our church buildings. (All the pastors say, “ouch” right here.) That would be nice and comfortable, but it’s not the point of what we are called to do.

We all need to be challenged to look beyond walls of our comfortable lives and do what we are charged to do where we are charged to do it.

Don’t read this book unless you are ready to think and live differently. It will change you. It may scare you a little. It will totally convict you to do things differently. It will make you want to take your shoes off and give them away.

But really, READ THIS BOOK. It will excite you because the words are true. It will inspire you to do things you are supposed to do instead of being caught in a rut of complacency. Your life will be Interrupted and will never be the same.




Jen Hatmaker is the author of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess and A Modern Girl’s Bible Study series. With a heart for her generation, she speaks at conferences around the country. Jen resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Brandon, and their five children. To learn more about Jen and follow her blog, go to

2 Comments leave one →
  1. faerylandmom permalink
    August 21, 2014 1:05 pm

    Adding it to my “to-read” list.

    I have had an itch I can’t scratch lately regarding this very thing. Where can I do more? Could I possibly be doing enough? Even though my first responsibility is to my husband and children, isn’t there room for more? How do I know? So much conflict…

    • Marla permalink*
      August 21, 2014 3:15 pm

      It has been heavy on my heart as well. Jen does a great job of putting into words my current thoughts and state of mind. I want this to be a global mindset…it has to start with any one person willing to do it. Love your neighbor, build relationships without agenda, and let God’s light draw them into His presence!

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