January 18, 2018
Contributed by Sally DePalma
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” ~ Galatians 6:9
Since I was young, the books that are my favorite to read are biographies, stories of people who have attained a level of worldly success or have impacted humanity somehow. When I was young, I read these books to learn how a person was inspired to or driven to attain a goal, create a life changing invention or discover a scientific breakthrough. As I have grown older, I read these books with very different eyes and intention.
At this point in my life, what I find even more fascinating now, is how these people pushed through inevitable adversity to reach their aspirations. I read for the grit, determination and persevering qualities within this people, looking for something to learn from them to incorporate within me. People who listened to and stayed true to the inner voice within them that screamed louder than the noise of the circumstances, or the voices of others, around them.
I wonder how many people are aware that Steve Jobs resigned or was “fired” from Apple in 1985 when his Board did not embrace the vision that he saw for the company. He was hired back at Apple in 1997, after what he called one of the most creative periods in his life. Thomas Edison, when asked about all of his “failures” on his way to perfecting the light bulb answered, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence”, is a quote attributed to General Colin Powell.
Inspiration is not limited to real-world players, alone. “It ain’t about how hard ya hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That is how winning is done!”, Rocky Balboa from the 2006 movie of the same name.
Why the ruminations about stick-to-itiveness and tenacity? Because after four years of leading The One Roof, I see 2018 in part or whole, as a year to take stock and re-center this novel ministry. Even after four years, it is still a beautiful work in progress. Much has been accomplished and learned, but it is time to pull back a bit to properly review and refine for a robust, sustainable future. A future that can equip churches better and in turn, better bless the community we serve.
This process, of course, involves intentional and continual prayer. I am confident that the Lord’s hand is in this reset and I am eager to see what comes of this new season. I’m expectant of a refining process that will deepen the processes and integrity of what we have in place. I believe that this “breather” period will spark creativity within the ministry on more than one front.
Though The One Roof may not host a 2018 Symposium and Roundtable this year which were so successful the past three years, I am encouraging churches to contact us for disability ministry establishment and consultation. Coming alongside churches to start or better serve those impacted by disability and their families is what we have been called to and that will not stop.
As the Galatians verse notes at the beginning of this article, it takes tenacity to see a blessing to harvest. It has, and still is, a great and fruitful sowing season for The One Roof. Our full harvest, though, has yet to be realized. God still has much in store.
We’re not done, we’re just digging in deeper than ever. Stay tuned……