Nathan Del Turco-Young Adults Pastor/Student Worship Pastor

How long does it take you to get ready and leave the house in the morning? 10 minutes? 20 minutes? 30 minutes?

Whatever that time is, multiply it exponentially if you have children.

Leaving the house in the morning can be a disaster when you have kids.

Now, for those of you who have kids you know this to be true. Anything that took 10 minutes now takes 30 minutes.

Side note for those who don’t have kids: Stop posting “Date Night Selfies”… every night is Date Night when you don’t have kids. You parents know what I’m talking about. #truth #parentlife


Our morning routine to get out of the house goes something like this…

  1. Get Harbor (our 2 year old) out of bed. Sometimes this easier said, than done.
  2. Brush teeth and go potty. (Potty= Go to the bathroom for those of you who don’t know.)
  3. Get Harbor breakfast and milk + cartoons (crucial).
  4. Clean up Harbor after breakfast and head back to her room.
  5. Dress time and then back to the couch for socks and shoes.
  6. Play time while we get the baby ready for the day.
  7. More routines… You get the idea.


The fact is that I would have a hard time keeping up with all of this every morning if I didn’t have my wonderful and fearless wife Stacey. If I were left to fend for myself I would be lost, alone, and found crying in a bathroom with the door locked. #realtalk

I need her. She needs me. We need each other.

There’s something powerful about working together as a team to accomplish a goal. Something about this that’s always fascinated me is the fact that Stacey and I couldn’t be more different.

I’m early, she’s late. I’m eccentric, she’s organized. I love Harry Potter, she doesn’t. We’re working on it.

But here’s the deal. We work incredible together. Where I’m weak, she is strong. Where she is weak, I’m strong. I think you get where I’m going with this.


1 Corinthians 12:18-20 (NIV)

18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.


Lately I’ve been challenged with this idea of leaning into the tension instead of instinctively pulling away from it.


What would it look like if we leaned into each other? Into each others differences and messes? Relied on each other maybe just a bit more. I think we might find that together, we are better.

I think we might find that together, we are better.

At Central we do a thing called LifeGroups. LifeGroups are small gatherings of people that come together in homes and coffee shops across the Valley. The intention of these groups is to create connection, accountability, support, and an environment that fosters life long friendships.

Now, my intention isn’t to say that everyone should go join a LifeGroup right now. Even though everyone should go join a LifeGroup right now. See what I did?

However, what would it look like for you to lean into the tension in your life? Maybe it’s a relationship, church, or even joining a LifeGroup.


For now, I’ll just leave this thought here. That maybe, just maybe it’s to our benefit to lean into the tension and embrace something new.

Something New.

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