January is a time for evaluation and reflection. Many of us take time to set goals for the coming year, and assess whether or not we achieved our goals from last year. The problem with self-evaluation is that we often neglect to leave room for God, assessing our lives and our accomplishments by our own standards. We fail to remember that God’s ways are not always our ways and God’s plans are not always our plans. The mission that God has for us is usually not about making us feel comfortable, or successful, or important.
So, I offer you another way. Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth.” He did not mean that we are to be motionless like a salt shaker. Salt adds flavor. Salt preserves. Salt enhances. One of my favorite authors, John Ortberg, put it this way… “Salt’s calling is to lose itself in something much bigger and more glorious; and then it fulfills its destiny. We are made to count. We are made to be salt.”
At Building Hope, we are committed to losing ourselves in something much bigger…the lives of the broken, the refugee, the single mother, the downtrodden, the lonely, the oppressed, the fellow Christian who simply needs to be reminded of the timeless message of our Savior’s love and forgiveness.
I challenge you to examine the saltiness of your life. Can you be the one to enhance the flavor, preserve, or enhance the life of someone else? According to Jesus, you can.
Director of Volunteers
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Feb. 2nd 8:30 – 2:30 Understanding Poverty @ Grace Church, Middleburg Heights
Feb. 23rd 9:00 – 3:30 Volunteer Bootcamp (options include Refugee Mentor Training, Tutor Training, Building Bridges to the Arabic Community, Mentoring At-Risk Youth, and Virtus) @ Family Ministry Center, 3389 Fulton Rd.
Mar. 16th 8:30 – 2:30 Understanding Poverty @ Building Hope in the City
April 13th 8:30 – 2:30 Understanding Poverty @ Grace Church, Middleburg Heights
June 22nd 9:00 – 3:30 Volunteer Bootcamp
September 21st 8:30 – 2:30 Understanding Poverty @ Grace Church, Middleburg Heights
October 19th 9:00 – 3:30 Volunteer Bootcamp
November 2nd 8:30 – 2:30 Ministry Among the Poor @ Building Hope in the City