August 2022: The Race Before us

Bonnie WohllebenPastor's Blog

Rev. Donny Haywood

Greetings friends.

It has been a fast few weeks.

I wanted to say a quick thank you for the many gifts that we received in our grandparent shower. We are blessed to be a part of such a loving and supportive community. Little Indy arrived on June 30th, and our lives have been completely changed. He is way more than we could have asked or imagined. No doubt, he is a blessing from above.

We celebrated a year in Decatur on the 11th. Christi and I have enjoyed our time and getting to know everyone. I know I still have many to meet and much work to do. And I am excited about where God is leading us.

On the 12th, I wrecked my truck. My world has slowed a little since then. I guess it does take longer for older people to recover! Thanks for the outpouring of love and concern over these past days. I’m definitely on the mend.

That’s kinda how we live our lives these days. Alabama used to sing a song, “I’m in a hurry to get things done, I rush and rush until life’s no fun, all I really gotta do is live and die, but I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.”

We seem to be rushing even when we don’t have to. Hebrews 12:1–2, “let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.”

The only race before us is/should be the work of Jesus Christ in us. There is an urgency to the Word, the message of life and death, but we are not beneficial to ourselves or anyone else to run to the point of being scattered or exhausted. When we work efficiently and observe our Sabbath time, we remain strong for the journey we have been called to.



In His service,
Pastor Donny