Tis the season for “Top 10” lists! Every December we’re met with a litany of “bests”, from top movies, books, and music, to news stories, events, and even baby names. Unless you quit the internet for the month, you can’t escape the season of lists. There’s something about boiling down our state of affairs that captures our fancy. Here’s a few fun lists from 2014:
Everyone should have a top 10 list, don’t you think? So, with a spirit of gratitude for all that we’ve seen and done this year, Run Hard. Rest Well. humbly submits our Top 10 list…
Run Hard. Rest Well. Gratitude Top 10
10) Board meeting – We met for the first time in November to discuss plans and goals for the coming year. The Lord has brought together a dedicated group who believes in the RHRW purpose as much as I do.
9) Advisory team – I have been so blessed by the enthusiasm of a select group of professionals who have come along side me to strengthen the RHRW message with their insights and expertise in the medical, legal, non-profit and financial fields.
8) 501c3 – The learning curve was high on this one! But we persevered and have conquered the mountain of paperwork in order to gain non-profit status! Praise the Lord!
7) Business plan – We received the tremendous gift of a preliminary business plan from an MBA group in Chicago. This has guided and advised many steps in our launch season.
6) Donations – RHRW was blessed to receive $18,000 via the estate of one of our earliest supporters. While he is dearly missed, the magnitude of his support has carried us through much of this year.
5) Volunteers – A small but loyal core of volunteers has seen RHRW through the large and small tasks of the past couple years, all the way up to this critical time of launching into an official ministry. We wouldn’t be where we are today without many incredible gifts of time and talent.
4) Networking – Each week, it seems, God grants me the gift of another conversation with someone who is passionate about the topic of rest, gifted in the science of rest, or desperately in need of rest. These conversations are invigorating and validating to the message of RHRW.
3) Consulting – We have been on both the giving and receiving ends of some excellent consultations; sharing our message with ministries and businesses who are ready for change and learning from seasoned professionals has brought much clarity as we organize and prepare to launch.
2) Clients – Requests are beginning to come in for session and retreat dates in 2015. We’re excited to move into the beta phase of our Vantage Point workshop.
1) You – Our faithful friends and readers. Your engagement on this blog encourages me when days are long and words come slow. Thank you for reading. Thank you for your comments. Thank you for sharing. We could not do this without you.
Looking back, it’s clear God is moving through Run Hard. Rest Well. Just as we are reminded of His goodness, so too are we reminded of what’s at stake. Leaders are running hard while rest is becoming a faint memory. But that’s exactly what makes our work so exciting!
Friends, the time is right for Run Hard. Rest Well. Weary people in every field and walk of life are ready, searching for a way to work, live and rest more fully. Are you one of them? How is your running and resting these days? For so many people today, business leaders, pastors, parents, teachers, ministry directors, and more, the demands are mounting and rest is a forgotten art. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can learn to rest. We look forward with great anticipation to 2015 carrying with us the weight of this reality.
Do a quick exercise for me; it’ll just take a minute. Write the word ‘Empty’ at the top of a piece of paper. Now, list everyone you can think of who’s running on empty. Long hours, heavy decisions, limited resources, conflicting demands…they take a toll if rest isn’t a priority. What would you give to see the people on your list operating at their prime with passion and energy fully restored? Let’s teach them to rest! Will you join us in 2015 to help us bring our message of rest to the weary runners around you? There are three significant ways you can participate:
- Pray. Your prayers have carried me, my family and the RHRW message to the foot of the Throne for years. That must continue.
- Share. Tell your friends. Send them to our website or find us on Facebook and share our messages. The more who know the more we grow!
- Give. As a non-profit ministry your gift to RHRW is tax deductible. If you’re still pondering your year-end giving, may I humbly propose that you take advantage of a recent matching donation and make a donation today to help us launch strong? Your financial gift right now will be doubled, helping “me” become “we” so this message can go where God chooses to take it.
Did you know that $99 will help us teach one weary runner to rest more fully? Imagine the businesses, ministries, families, lives that can be restored if each person reading this blog were to partner with us to bring the RHRW message to at least one leader! Friends, the momentum of our message can’t go forward without your support. We know that there are many ways for you to donate your resources and we don’t take that lightly. We are grateful for your support, no matter what form it takes. Won’t you prayerfully consider joining our cause?
What does your year-end “Top 10” list look like?
First time here?
Welcome! We’re a group that gathers around the theme, “There has to be a better way.” We’re finding it in the 4-word mission statement, “Run hard. Rest well.”
- It’s a journey into the heart of God. It comes our way through an on-going exploration of four biblical rhythms that revive, replenish and restore: Sabbath Keeping, Sleep (and other simple stress-reducers), Stillness—personal retreat, and Solitude—personal retreat.
- It’s an expedition that challenges us at every turn. It convicts us in deep, tender places. It alters our priorities and plans. It’s not for the faint of heart.
- It’s adventure at its best – as we learn to run the race in a power not our own.