The back of my fridge is an interesting place. It’s where we put food that we fully intend to eat. Perfectly good food that only needs to be pulled out, maybe heated, and consumed. Then other things get put in front. And the stuff at the back gets obscured. And then it happens… The perfectly good goes bad. It gets moldy, or dried out, or some other kind of nasty. And then the only thing left is to toss it in the trash. And it pains me every time. I hate the mold.
Life is like that refrigerator. Perfectly good opportunities come along. Like Ignite Week. We stick them in the fridge of our life, and we fully intend to put them to good use. They only need to be reviewed, scheduled, and completed. Then other things get put in front. Another event. Another activity. Another opportunity. Then one day we look into the back of our “fridge” and discover that it’s too late. The opportunity has gone bad. The expiration date has passed. We regretfully toss it in the trash. We hate the mold.
Ignite Week is almost here. It’s an opportunity to share the goodness of God. It’s a challenge for all of us as a church to do something together. And it’s sitting in your “refrigerator” right now. Maybe it’s already in the back. But it’s still perfectly good. It hasn’t dried out or gone moldy…yet. You can still use it.
Jesus once said,
Do you not say, “Four more months and then the harvest?” I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. (John 4:35)
If there had been refrigerators back then, maybe he would have said, “Open your eyes and look in the back of your fridge!” There’s an opportunity there. It’s an opportunity to Ignite HOPE during Ignite Week.
Check out the available serving opportunities here.
And if you know of a need where you and some other people could serve together and make a difference, let us know here.
Then let’s put our faith into action, and share the gospel of hope with our hands and feet. Let’s make Ignite Week a “mold-free zone”! Hate the mold.
What would happen if several hundred people from Seneca Creek showed up in your neighborhood? Or in the parking lot of your workplace? Or in the cafeteria of your school? And what if we all showed up with our work clothes on, ready to jump in and help? What would you want us to do? Clean up the local park? Paint the home of a single mom? Fill the pantry of an out-of-work family? Feed the homeless guy that stands at the corner?
That’s the question behind Ignite Week (Oct. 16-22). Where can we serve in order to meet a need in our city? And the answer lies in each of us. Maybe you know exactly how you’d answer. If so, be sure to email us (email@example.com) with your idea, so we can try to make sure it happens during Ignite Week. Then again, maybe you don’t know what you’d want us to do. If that’s your situation, would you please take one minute each day, and ask God to open your eyes to a need that he’d like you to help meet? Then, email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know about the project.
Together, we’re attempting to involve 1,000 people during Ignite Week. So far we have about 34 projects. It would be great to get another 46 for a total of 80! Together, we can make it happen. Together we can share the goodness of God, and ignite HOPE the week of October 16-22.
And if you’d like to serve in one of the many projects we already have scheduled, be sure to sign up online .
For more info about WHY we’re doing it this way this year (instead of Ignite Sunday), please see my letter from last week. And then join us Sunday as we continue our series, “Road Signs: Where Is God Leading You?”