I once read a story about a little girl who LOVED her strand of Mardi Gras beads. She called them her pearls. One day her daddy asked her to give him her pearls. Of course these were her prize possession and she refused to do it. Her daddy kissed her and then let the matter pass for the day. Each day, though, he would ask her once for her precious treasure, and each day she refused. Sadly, she did not know that her daddy loved her so much that he had bought her a strand of real pearls to replace her bauble.
How often do we do that? We refuse to let go of what we have for God when He asks us because we do not know what He has in store for us.
So, as much as I love it, I am letting go of my leadership position in MOPs. I have an idea what I am going to do instead, but I'm keeping that close to the cuff right now. I will say that it will not be an easy thing for me to do. It may be downright painful at times. But I believe it will be the best thing for my family. And they are my first priority.