Growing up, one of the highlights of my summer was riding my bike to the Rockton Pool with my friends. While we had a pool in the backyard, the Rockton Pool had two things my pool didn’t; lots of people and a high dive. I can remember mustering up the courage to climb the ladder which seemed like it took forever to climb as a kid. There was nothing worse than watching someone climb to the top of the stairs only to climb back down because they were too afraid to make the jump!
There was only one way to come down from the high dive that was acceptable; the Cannonball! There was nothing quite as exhilarating as taking a leap, tucking your knees into your chest, rotating slightly, and waiting for the slight pain of entering the water a mach speed, to create the biggest splash ever. There were bonus points available if you could splash the lifeguard that was stationed near the high dive.
The reason I am thinking about the Rockton Pool High Dive at the end of January is because I am about to take a giant leap of faith that feels a lot like curling my toes at the end of the high dive just before taking flight to make a cannonball.
In 2014, my family and I took a huge step of faith, left a church we loved, sold our home, and moved to Belvidere to plant a brand new, start from scratch church, that would exist for the sole purpose of seeing the name of Jesus made famous in Boone County.
Shortly after moving to Boone County, living like missionaries, and raising support my youngest son fell off the monkey bars at a local park and broke his arm in two places. Turns out broken bones are expensive!
As the bills began to roll in, we were very quickly hit with the reality that I was going to have to take on a part-time job to supplement our income, pay medical bills, and have the capability to start a church that did not exist yet.
God answered that need by providing me with employment at the Belvidere Family YMCA. I am a big fan of the YMCA. Not only do they have a well-known song written about them, the YMCA is way more than a gym and swim. Working at the YMCA provided me with a front row seat to see how much the YMCA cares for our community and collaborates with tons of people, organizations, and local leadership to make Boone County and Belvidere a better place to live. I also always thought it was pretty cool that D.L. Moody worked at a YMCA in Chicago. He worked as a janitor, I started driving a van and picking up kids for the after-school program, and eventually became a supervisor.
For a little over a year now, I have had the opportunity to be the Child Care Coordinator at the Belvidere YMCA. I enjoy the people I get to work with and have been so thankful for the people I have met at the YMCA, many I consider friends. Being the Child Care Coordinator has been a blessing to me and my family!
Here comes the Cannonball!
As of Thursday, February 1st, I will no longer be working at the YMCA. Saying goodbye is hard, but sometimes you have to take a leap and make a splash!
For the first time in three years, I will have the opportunity to work full time at Redemption Church. THIS IS HUGE! This will provide me with the opportunity to focus on our mission and ministries, I will have more time to pastor the people who call Redemption Church their home, and will have the opportunity to spend more time serving in our community.
Just to be clear, this is totally a God thing! The only reason this is possible is because of people and churches who took a risk, stepped out in faith, and were incredibly generous to both my family and Redemption Church. At the end of 2017, we started a campaign to raise $30,000 (you can read about it here). As of today, we have raised $26,000! While we are still trying to raise the last $4,000, I am taking a huge leap of faith, trusting God, and believing the best is yet to come!
Here we go….CANNONBALL!
Make sure to come back tomorrow for Part Two!