“God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity when we plan only the things we can do by ourselves.” A.W. Tozer
“Vision is the pursuit of a cause which is greater than you and yet still lives through you.”
I was struck by these two quotes as I began to consider all that God has in store for LLRC in the coming year. I am often amazed by the number of opportunities there are to share the love of Christ and to make a difference in the lives of people here. I am saddened by the thoughts of missed opportunities because I was too busy or too preoccupied or too concerned with ‘matters of consequence’ to take the time to reach out. How often has the ‘tyranny of the urgent’ kept me from attending to what is truly important? Difficult realizations.
It is true that the proper care of these animals presents its own set of problems and sources of stress, however, I am reminded that the horses and the farm are really just means to an end. The true mission here is to make a difference in the lives of people…to promote wholeness…physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being…to give encouragement for the journey, to help provide the necessary tools for successful living, to guide, direct, and support as they strive to achieve goals….to empower them to dream big, and be a cheering section as they move in the direction of their dreams. It’s a tall order. Impossible if attempted in my own strength.
There is so much for which to be thankful in the past year. 2011 was a year of progress in many ways. New volunteers, new students, new programs with the BACC, the Gordon Education Center, and Eddie’s House; the formation of our Board of Directors, new relationships with The Peacemaker Center, Wounded Warrior Project, and the Coatesville Youth Initiative. We had the opportunity to serve our community at several events, including Brandywine Hospital Strawberry Festival, Coatesville Appreciation Days and South Coatesville Community Day. We participated in the Parkesburg Memorial Day Parade and the Coatesville Christmas Parade. Through these events, we were able to make connections with other organizations and begin to develop ongoing relationships.
I believe 2012 will be a year of milestones. I am confident that God has brought us together as a team through which He can do the impossible. I am not always certain as to how to go about accomplishing such lofty goals. I do know that it has a great deal to do with taking one day at a time, one task at a time, one decision at a time. It has to do with remaining faithful, even when I feel like giving up; working like everything depends on me and praying like everything depends on God. Most importantly, it involves seeking His face, following His lead, and trusting His promises.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of people. I look forward to pursuing The Vision together in this new year.