We Can’t Win

You and I know we have no business thinking we can make a difference.

We don’t have tons of money or millions of followers. We aren’t on cable news. We’re a tree falling in the forest…nobody hears, so what’s it matter?

That’s the message. Why bother, because our puny voices won’t be heard over the shouting. Our efforts can’t possibly make a dent in the overwhelming injustice.

The other guys have more resources and a bigger platform. The odds are impossible.

We can’t win.

That’s all true, until we remember that seeking justice isn’t a game and winning isn’t goal.

Jesus *never* asked us to win. He asked us to follow Him, to do what’s right and trust Him for the outcome. He wants us to care about the process, knowing that we can rely on His provision for a result that’s assured.

From Jesus’ perspective, loving and caring for 22 rescued kids is the most important thing in the universe. He’s there, every moment, holding each one of them gently in His hands. I have no clue how that works.

We ride bikes to support those children. Sometimes I wonder what we’re doing, because I know we’re not going to win the battle against human trafficking by riding bikes. I try to remember…this isn’t about winning.

It’s about following Jesus. It’s about working together in a community built around sacrificial service and doing our best to do what’s right.

Doesn’t mean results aren’t important. For those 22 kids, the funds we raise make an enormous difference. But we’re not responsible for those results.

In 2013, Becky and I invited people on a 500-mile bike ride…11 brave, crazy folks joined us. Since then, more than 600 cyclists and hundreds of volunteers have donated more than $223,000 to the HOME OF HOPE.

In the world of fundraising, those might not be huge numbers, but comparing and winning isn’t the point. We’re responsible to be good stewards. Of the opportunity. Of the community. And yes, of the dollars.

It’s true…we can’t win. What if we just stopped trying?

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