My elementary school had what we called the Kinder Derby. Kindergarten kids were given stick horses to race in our own pint-sized Kentucky Derby, running from one end of the gym to the other and back again. I won mine (I used to be fast), and my stick horse won the roses. Its name: Slow 'n Easy. At times, it seems, slow and easy really does win the race.
Many parts of our faith flourish when done in a slow-and-steady sort of way instead of a mad dash to the finish line. The current joke is our Revelation Bible study, now in its tenth month with no end in sight, will still be going when Jesus comes and we see the words on the page happen in real life. But think of how much we would have left out if we went faster. Consider your prayer life. Do you feel closer to God after a five-second "DearGodpleasebewithmeinJesus'nameamen" or when you put away other concerns and spend time pouring out your heart to God? Slow and steady is better.
As we approach year's end, think back on all God has accomplished through us this year. We've not done anything in haste; we've not tried to cram fifty events into thirty days. We have slowly, steadily, prayerfully undertaken projects. We tried new things, some of which will become new traditions, and some of which crashed and burned. But we made progress. All of us -- all of you -- banded together as a church, set a steady pace, and got things done. You went slowly so as not to burn out. You made me slow down when I tried to do too much. One planted; another watered; and God gave the increase (1 Cor. 3:6-7).
Thank you for a great 2016 at RSCC. Let's let slow and steady win in 2017, too.