South Australia, we are bound!

Yes, that’s right. This year we are moving to the Riverland in South Australia to live.

We will have lived in Canberra just shy of 10 years.

We moved to Canberra to take up the leadership of Fusion Australia’s local work in Canberra.

Claire and I were newly married, having just celebrated our first year wedding anniversary a couple months previously, in June of 2006 in Germany, where we had been serving with Fusion as part of the outreach during the FIFA Soccer World Cup.

There have been so many memories made during our time in Canberra. We’ve met so many amazing people, and had the privilege of being allowed to hear their stories and hopefully help them take some next steps in writing their next chapters.

We’ve connected with hundreds of young people through our Fusion work, it’s been amazing.

During our time in Canberra we’ve also been absolutely blessed by having 3 gorgeous kids – Abbie, Daniel and Caleb.

We want to thanks all those who have taken the time to get to know us, and let us into their lives – some for a short time, others for a little longer.

AE1O7402_8216You have all made our time here in Canberra that much more richer, and we have learnt so much from everyone through it all.

We are certainly going to miss Canberra and our friends and family here. The Fusion team here is an amazing bunch of inspiring people who give so much of themselves for the sake of others.

We can’t wait to keep hearing what you will do when we’re gone!

We hope we can stay in touch from South Australia and there will definitely be a bed for anyone wanting to visit us in the Riverland.

We will continue serving through Fusion in various ways from South Australia. But more to come about that in future posts!

What’s in a name?

Some may be wondering what the name of our blog means.

Well it’s actually something that’s at the core of who we are and what we are wanting to do with our lives.

“Seek First” is a reference to several passages of Christian Scripture, but the main one being Matthew 6:33 (New International Version):

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

For Claire and I, we are committed to seeking first God’s kingdom – where His will rules. And trusting that He will provide us with all the other things we need physically, economically, emotionally etc.

In The Message version of the Bible it comes out a bit more like this (Matthew 6:30-33):

If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

I love the way The Message often brings a fresh look at Scripture.

So as part of seeking first God’s Kingdom, we want to work on steeping our lives and the life of our family in God-reality, God-initiatives and God-provisions.

It’s not easy, but over the years of our marriage, and before we had even met, we had both been on journey’s where we were seeking to love and serve God.

And we have both discovered in our own ways, but now increasingly in a shared way, that seeking first in this way is the only way to have a meaningful and fulfilled life that is abundant in every sense of the word.

Thanks for listening.