We live in a society that wants numerical results. We want to know what percent of people did what, and we measure the value of our work based on the numerical success. As a public school state test prep teacher, believe me, I know ALL about it!
Even well intentioned Christians fall into the same trap. We want to know exactly how many people “got saved,” how many people attended a service, and how much money is in the budget. Too often God’s work is measured by these physical things.
Thankfully God measured things much differently. Numerical goals aren’t bad (we set them ourselves!), but they do not equal success. God knows the heart and judges our actions based on our motives. Do we love Him? Do we love people? Are we taking the love of Jesus out to a hurting world? Those are the goals that Ball for Lives is all about, whether it’s for 1 person or 100,000.
Through Ashley’s NYC Half Marathon and Eric and Michael’s Quebec City Half Marathon, we were able to send out two $612 checks: one to Love146, and one to Bethesda Outreach. That’s $1224 going to rescue kids from the horrors of child sex slavery. Thank you so much to all of you who gave. Together your donations are making an awesome difference. Praise God!
And so, we rejoice in the amount sent, but we put all our glory in the awesome work the Spirit of God did through this whole journey: the believers He inspired, the lost who came along with us and heard the gospel, the kids we know He will rescue, and most of all, the work He did in us the whole time.