“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
This may seem like a strange choice of scripture for an end-of-the-year message, but bear with me while I explain.
I must confess that I didn’t choose this verse; it chose me! It came up in my daily devotional today and it just so happens to be my favorite life verse. For many years, I thought what God wanted from me were only my strengths and accomplishments. You know, the stuff that is fun to talk about and that makes you feel proud. So, for most of my life, I made a point to only present the best side of me; being careful not to hint at my failures, brokenness, or weakness.
However, I learned that can only take you so far – until eventually, the difficult and messy stuff can no longer be concealed or camouflaged. That’s when I realized how I was always trying to control the uncontrollable and to make everything look perfect. I had to get close to God, stay dependent upon His leading and trust that He had my best interests at heart. When I realized that God wants ALL of me – the good, the bad and the ugly – I was then able to live more completely and more integrated. He loves me enough to use those parts of me that I’m not proud of, and to redeem my past. After all, He took years of childhood sexual and emotional abuse and lead me to Restore One to become its President!
Now how does this relate to Restore One, you may ask?
What applies to the individual also applies to the organization.
Given all of the accomplishments and achievements during 2018; such as, getting licensed, recruiting wonderful staff, and coming within $10,000 of our annual budget goal (and maybe even meeting it), it would be easy to talk only about the good stuff and take credit, thinking we had done it through our own strength…BUT, this scripture reminds us that we need to stay in close relationship to the one who has made it all possible and recognize that we need Him every day.
There are many challenges ahead. We need for trafficked boys’ caregivers to find out about us and refer boys to come live at The Anchor House, we need to continue to recruit and retain the excellent staff we have assembled, and we need to raise at least 50% more in 2019 to maintain the house throughout the year.
Rather than ignoring these challenges and pretending like everything is all positive, we are reminded to bring it all before the Lord and let Him do what only He can do…and that is provide and make a way. So, as we stand on the brink of closing out 2018 and welcoming 2019, let’s acknowledge all the ways that God has blessed this ministry, as well as those areas where we still need Him to show up and make all things right.
We thank you for being on this journey with us and we look forward to what God has in store for Restore One and for the boys in 2019.
In His love,
President, Restore One