Running OUR Race!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 Friends,
I recently had the opportunity to present Harvest House to a local charitable group. The members of the group each give $100. Three charities are selected to present and the group votes on a “winner” to receive the total. In this case, it was just over $11,000. Spoiler alert: we didn’t win. It was interesting though because I wasn’t nervous until I found out who the other charities were.
One of the charities I wasn’t familiar with but as I sat listening to who they serve and how they accomplish their mission I was impressed. The other organization I was very familiar with and I know they serve a large population in the Dayton area. They offer many different services and welcome almost anyone who needs help through their doors. To say I was intimidated would be to put it mildly.
I was reminded they are doing exactly what God has called them to do with a wide approach and reaching quite a few people, touching their lives for a short time. We are called to do things differently reaching fewer people but working with them in a more all-encompassing way and generally for a much longer time. Neither is better, both are simply the vision and mission God has given us. There was not a charity in the room who wouldn’t have used the money well serving the people God has given them, and I fully believe no one walked away have lost out.
I am grateful for the reminder the measure God uses is in the heart and motives of our service, not in the metrics the world so often uses to measure success. And I am grateful for the people He puts into our lives to encourage us on this very untraditional journey of service and outreach.
Aaron and Elizabeth Kilby