Have you ever started something you weren’t quite sure how to finish? A few years ago, my wife talked me into running a half-marathon. I’m not a runner and never have been, yet I blindly accepted my wife’s challenge.
I trained for a few weeks, and right as the training was getting (almost too) hard, a few of my friends committed to training and running the half-marathon with me. We trained and pushed each other for another couple months leading up to the race, and when race day finally came we were eager and ready, and enjoyed a beautiful race!
Looking back on it, I know that race is something I wouldn’t have been able to complete if my friends hadn’t jumped in and encouraged me through to the finish line.
This coming weekend, in our services, we will be having our Raising More Hope Pledge Card weekend. In many ways this is our own “Race Day.” In the past few months, we’ve had many Hope volunteers working extra hard to help us organize the Raising More Hope campaign efforts. Our staff have joyfully put in more hours to help us communicate the vision, be available, and answer questions. And I know many Hopesters have personally been praying and preparing for this pledge card commitment. I am so grateful as I watch our church family come together with our hearts and eyes fixed on Jesus during this time.
In our coming weekend services, we will have some fun, hear from a handful of Hopesters, and together make our 3-year Pledge commitments for the Raising More Hope People campaign. Let’s come with eyes fixed on Jesus, eager, ready, and prepared to enjoy the day!
“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, 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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3