I have to admit that for about 16 weeks Dawson was babysat by the TV. I'd love to say that I worried about the negative effects of television on his tiny brain, but I was in survival mode and I didn't care.
Vince was about to lose his mind. He talks about his experience in his book:
"During this time my son was a year and a half old and my church was two and a half years old. Both led me to deal with a lot of crap. Unfortunately, my church did not wear a diaper. With my wife out of commission, my life became insane. I had new business cards printed up:
-Full Time (and Basically Single) Dad
-Full Time Pastor
-Someone please shoot me"
Our life sucked. It felt like we were trapped on some sort of horrible amusement park ride. Running a new church is hard enough on its own. Adding the chaos of our situation to the equation was madness.
Whatever you are going through, no matter how horrible, know that you are not alone. God is there holding you, ministering to you and comforting you, even though you might not see it at the time. God showed up in really sweet ways through our experiences. Some I recognized, others I didn't notice until after the storm had passed. It seems like my relationship with God grows sweeter through the darkness. Maybe I'm more desperate for him, maybe my eyes are more open, maybe he's closer to the hurting...I don't know. All I know is that even though my life sucked at that time, I don't regret it because I experienced God in a way that I don't think I would have otherwise. I learned to trust God. And that's a lesson worth throwing up for!
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