For some, it may bring back memories of childhood punishments as a result of wrongdoing… or of times that we’ve had to lovingly correct our own kids. That’s one meaning of the word. But I mean something else entirely.
I’m talking about the kind of hard-core determination, the inner motivation, and the outright willpower that it takes to achieve a goal… to make it to the Olympics, for example.
As I watch the Olympians on TV, I’m in absolute awe of their abilities and fierce competitiveness. They’ve sacrificed so much, put in long hours of practice and strength training, and worked so very hard to beat out so many others in their own countries just to make it on the team. All that work, just to compete again against other countries for the possibility of making it to final victory… for one of only three medals. You can’t make it to the Olympics unless you’re “all in.”
As Christ’s followers, we can learn a lot from what it takes to make it to the Olympics. Like the Olympians, it’ll take our determination, time, talents, focus and resources to achieve our goals too.
This Sunday, we’ll be distributing our time, talent and treasure cards… and as your pastor, I’m asking you to prayerfully consider how you can help us achieve our goals. Yes, there’s a financial aspect to this, but it’s so much more than that.
We’ve got some BIG plans before us, and it’s going to take all of us working together to accomplish our goals. It’ll involve all of us committing our time, talents and resources…so we can reach out to connect people to Jesus Christ while making the community better, safer and stronger. I’m excited about the future of our church, and I can’t wait to see the BIG things God has in store for us!