Numbers are the scoreboard, not the actual change.

My friend Rich Dixon is helping me out here, with posts that come just at the right time and just with the right challenge for me.


Jon wrote 3000 posts and says it’s time to move on.

Makes sense, because that’s how he got there in the first place. He wrote 1, then 2, and kept going until there were 900,000 words. Faithfully, because that’s almost always how big things happen.

The numbers are just the scoreboard. It’s tempting to celebrate the results and forget that each post and each word matters. Each day, someone was encouraged or inspired. A conversation started, a bible opened. Someone prayed. Someone followed Jesus.

One word, one post at a time. We can’t know where it’s going, so we do our best and trust God for the outcome.

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Jon ran 100 miles and you generously donated more than $5,800 to support the kids at Project Rescue’s HOME OF HOPE. Lots of you contributed faithfully, and God brought it all together. He’ll use and multiply your gifts in ways we’ll never understand.

It’s not really about those numbers, either, because the FREEDOM TOUR isn’t about dollars or miles. It’s about justice. It’s about kids – once destined for slavery – now living in hope and freedom.

When I see about the child in the photo, I see God keeping His promises in the smile of a little girl who’s free to follow her dreams. So it’s not about dollars, except to those who need the dollars. To them, every single dollar is a big deal.

To a hungry child those dollars mean food. For their caretakers, dollars mean shelter, clothing, medical care, and education.

It can be confusing. It’s not about how many words, miles, or dollars, but every word, mile, and dollar matters a lot. The key, I think, is to do our best each day. I don’t need to understand how it works.

I just ride a bike, and trust God for the outcome.


(If you’d still like to give,  go here. Friday is the last day for this initiative from Jon.)

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