27 2023
A Bittersweet Reflection

A Bittersweet Reflection

As I begin to contemplate the end of my tenure in this role, many things roll into and out of my mind on a daily basis. Questions abound. What have we accomplished together? What kind of help have we given? How have we made ourselves available to come alongside those who struggle with lust? How have we equipped others to “find grace to help in time of need.”

The reality is that all ministry lasts for a season. It is replaced by other areas of focus, other people who take up the challenge and who offer new perspectives based on new discoveries. What will survive that other people can build on? What needs to be let go of?

These questions will likely take a while to answer and other people, not me, will answer most of them. That is as it should be. Most of our our questions can only be answered in the light of eternity.

As for my future, I will not be trotting off into the sunset just yet. My plan is to engage in limited, scheduled spiritual direction for men with a focus on addiction recovery. More on that later. I will do some much-delayed writing, spend more time with my wife Claudia and family and learn to sit quietly from time to time, an area of growth for me.

I have so appreciated this journey with you. Life is an Emmaus Road. May we all have the wisdom to say “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.”

In the Lust- Bearer,
Jay Haug, Executive Director
Living Without Lust