I’m 25 years old, about to start my first full-time position as a pastor.
I’ve moved to a small farming community called Drayton.
The Senior Pastor who hired me helped me find a place to live - a 3 bedroom house that seemed to be the only rental available.
Two months in, I’m not sure if I can afford the rent.
So I got connected with a board member, Jim, who happened to run a very successful business. He takes about 15 minutes to sit down and crunch the numbers with me.
“Yeah, you gotta move.”
I wasn’t particularly fazed by the news itself, but there was literally nowhere else that I knew of to rent out in this tiny village.
“Don’t worry, I’ll get the ladies talking.”
Within about an hour, his wife had made a few calls, and by the end of the week, Mike and Patty, a retired couple from the church, had agreed to let me move into their basement.
I went from paying about $750/month for rent to $150/month. Yes, you read that correctly.
Mike & Patty wanted to sow into my life and my ministry, so they basically charged me nothing.
After my tenure at the church ended about 2 years later, the congregation threw a big party.
I was showered with incredible kindness and generosity - letters, gifts, donations, and a bright shiny red Nord keyboard (one of my most prized possessions to this day).
The love was overwhelming, making it that much harder to leave a community that had taken me under their wing for some of the most formative years of my early career.
But there was one gift that stood out above them all (even more than the Nord). An unlabelled envelope was sitting on my bed when I came from church that day.
It was a wad of cash with a small note from Patty.
She and Mike decided to give back all of the rent money I had paid them during my stay…they hoped it would help with a future project or housing opportunity.
Suddenly I wished they were charging me thousands of dollars for rent the last 2 years!
I often remember this story for a simple reason: If I knew I was going to get it all back - how much would I sow?
Whether we’re talking about work, relationships, or recovery – if you knew you would get it ALL back one day – how much harder would you try? What lengths would you go to to make it happen?
I can’t promise a specific outcome, but I know this – no seed is wasted in the Kingdom of God. Every effort, thought, decision, and action that you take towards recovery counts more than you know.
If you knew you would get back all of the time, money, and energy one day – then what could possibly stop you from giving 110%?
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” – Galatians 6:7
Cheering you on,
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