I’m not sure when we stop aging kids by months and start using years, but it’s longer than I think it needs to be.
2 months? Sure
13 months? Ok
22 months? Fine
Somewhere between 22 months and 25 months it starts getting weird.
“How old is your child?”
“Oh, he’s getting ready to turn 114 months. We are having a party…his cake is big and has a lot of candles, it’s all VERY expensive”
Proximity Church is turning ONE MONTH! I don’t know how long I’ll be counting the months, but right now I’m so thankful for this ride I’m celebrating every day. Every now and then I swing by Cheesecakes by Alex and get a slice, put a candle in it and celebrate another day of Proximity Church! Any excuse for cheesecake, right!
One month. WOW!
We are celebrating a lot more than existing for four Sundays…
We are celebrating hard work
There’s a guy on our team who ran his first marathon last year. A year and a half ago I’m not sure he had ever run a mile in his life, but one day he made the decision to become a runner (on purpose, he wasn’t being chased or anything). He ran when he felt like it. He ran when he didn’t feel like it. He ran when he was sick, tired, and on vacation. He ran when there was 2 feet of snow on the ground. The man had a goal, he worked hard and then ran that marathon and KILLED it! There’s something really cool about working hard and achieving a goal.
Our team worked hard! For over a year our incredible team prayed, gave time and gave financially (many decided to DOUBLE their monthly tithe to make Proximity happen). This team sacrificed and poured in to see something special happen in Northeast Greensboro. We celebrate that!
We celebrate that people show up!
Someone smarter than me told me, “We count everything. We count cars because in every car is a person and every person has a story. Counting cars is all about valuing the stories of people who are interacting with you”. Man. That really got me.
Every week that I see a guest share their Sunday with us I am so humbled and thankful. Our prayer is that Proximity might be used by God to be a blessing and a benefit to their story. I believe it will be. We celebrate that!
We celebrate stories already changed.
Church is not easy for everyone. It’s not easy for the person who hasn’t been in 20 years. It’s not easy for the single mother wrangling her kids who are fighting her every step of the way. It’s not easy for the person who has felt judged, rejected or ignored last time they tried a church.
We have people like that who call Proximity Church home. We know it’s not easy. We know that church has, in the past been hard and unappealing. We CELEBRATE that you are finding your place at Proximity Church!
We celebrate lives changed!
Last week my youngest son decided to follow Jesus. He’s the most recent of a number of people who have found LIFE in Jesus in the last month! We began Proximity Church so that people could hear the Gospel and come closer to God. It’s happening!
We celebrate that!
There’s a long way to go. People often ask me how everything at Proximity is going right now. It’s incredible! Better than I could have dreamed. It’s not always easy, but it was never supposed to be. It was just supposed to be worth it.
I hope you will join me in celebrating our FIRST MONTH!
It’s only the beginning!