Raising More Hope

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Raising More Hope

I am a frugal person… I hunt for deals. I use coupons. I try not to spend much money and to save whatever I can. When Sarah and I were looking to purchase our first house, I experienced the collision of values. I wanted a nice place for my family to live and for us to host others, as I value hospitality. But I also found that houses cost a lot more than most things.

At the time of our house-hunting, we lived in a rental that fit our little family. But the two-bedroom space became cramped when guests came in town. The extent of the hospitality that we could offer was an air mattress in the kitchen/dining room. The one-bathroom situation was difficult for getting ready. Do we really want grandma sleeping on an air mattress, cramped in the kitchen? We decided to expand our vision from a home for just our family to a space that could serve as a blessing, a retreat, and a comfortable stay for others.

I cannot help but think of that time in our life when I process this building project for Hope. Are we thinking about loving others and about hospitality through this project? I think this building expansion will directly help our missional capabilities and capacities as we go forward. Though it is going to take a lot of hard work and a significant financial commitment, it is a kingdom-minded, prayerfully-led, community-building endeavor that can bless many for generations to come. Our added space can help guests feel welcome, that there is a place and a space for them. It will help us not step on each other’s toes as we drop off and pick up our kids. It will be a blessing to those who serve our kids. It will be a blessing for those who want to learn in classroom settings or small groups.

I am excited for the opportunity this added space will afford us to better love, honor and welcome people in the name of Jesus Christ. To that end, here are a few Scriptures to consider:

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers. (Hebrews 13:1-2a)

Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10)

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. (Romans 12:13)

I also encourage you to ponder… what is your role to help “raise more Hope”? How has God gifted you? How can you be a part of this awesome work of God that is bigger than all of us? (If you were not here this past weekend, I encourage you to listen to the service). The Lord has blessed us with being able to be in a situation to bless so many others. I am excited for this journey and invite you all to consider joining it as well.

Blessings,

Pastor Mark