Read: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6 (NIV)
Reflect: When I first saw the Cannonball video, I marveled at how far we’ve come as a church and the incredible impact of EastLake’s ministry. But what struck me most was one of the pictures in the montage. There, sitting in someone’s backyard in the early days of the church, were my grandparents. I saw more than a snapshot of our church’s history; I saw a beautiful, personal representation of ripple effects. You see, it was my dad that introduced my grandparents to EastLake. He introduced me to EastLake, as well, and that introduction was the beginning of a life-altering journey.
My earthly father had been all in, and that laid the groundwork for the relationship I developed with my heavenly father. That, in turn, led to a whole series of ripples. I introduced my now-husband to EastLake 15 years ago, and we later introduced our children to a church experience they love. When I reflect on significant events in my life, both good and bad, I remember God’s nourishing presence, embodied by the love and support of our church. My marriage, my miscarriage, the birth of my children, my dad’s death, my breast cancer scare… Jesus was in the middle of it all, shining light. Ripples abounded.
My dad’s cannonball way back when EastLake was meeting in a high school gym made waves. It was part of a movement with eternal consequences for our family and beyond.I can’t think of a richer legacy. Now I have a chance to cannonball, too – to choose now over when. What a glorious honor.
React: Can you visualize the ripples of your cannonball?
Pray: Thank you, Lord, for those who paved the way for me to be here with you today. Thank you for the opportunity to pave the way for others.