Recently the social media world caught a glimpse of some heartwarming comfort amidst a brutally cold snowstorm in the Northeast.
Determination to Endure the Storm
Many media outlets reported the story of Chris Laudani, now known as the Boston Shoveler. Laudani was caught on camera during the snowstorm, shoveling the snow off the finish line of the Boston Marathon. He told ESPN that he was on break from work, and simply thought it would look cool if the line were to be exposed during the city’s lockdown. In time, however, the meaning of the act turned into much more. It became a symbol of Boston’s–and America’s–hard work ethic, and determination to endure the storm.
This can make a great analogy for our time planting new churches, and watching them grow. In the past, I’ve talked about setbacks that will happen along the way. We know that when the storm hits, you’re going to need to have the tools necessary to shovel your way out.
Sometimes, the storm gets so bad that we can’t even see the finish line. Sometimes God obscures it from our view. These are trials that he puts in our way to test the strength of our faith. But he promises that, if we trust in him, the storm will clear in time, and we will be able to see the finish line.
Embrace the Storm
When starting a new church, it is important not to be fazed by the storms that hit us along the way. Consider these trials to be good for your team, as they will strengthen you, and make you more fit to spread the word of God. Do not be afraid of the storms. In fact, embrace them! Cherish the struggle as a team, so that when you see the finish line, you can look back on all you’ve gone through, and you can be satisfied in the Lord.
“I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24, NIV)
I recommend reading the full story and seeing Chris Laudani’s interview here. You won’t regret seeing how a small act of hard work can have a bigger impact than you could ever imagine!
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