If you’ve been following our Bible Experiment Kickstarter campaign, then you know that on Sunday we crossed our initial goal of $40,000. This happened in just 11 days—well ahead of my hopes. The whole experience has been really great. I love it when people come together for something big that we can only accomplish as a team. I fully believe in the mission to free our stories of faith and let them be experienced by all people.
I noticed that my initial reaction to attaining our goal was, “What’s next?” I had to force myself to step back and celebrate for a minute … actually for a whole day. Many of us, myself included, have such a forward-looking attitude that it is hard to celebrate in the moment. I’m learning to live more in each moment. I’m trying to force it when I find myself drifting away to the future. This past weekend my son turned 15. That’s a moment I will never get back. I tried to treasure it. My wife and I went on a date Friday night … it was a good experience because I wasn’t thinking about work or what we would do afterward. I was in the moment with her. And this weekend we hit our Kickstarter goal. It’s something that we all did together. It felt right to savor it. I stayed in that moment for a while.
Now with a few days removed I can see that there is, indeed, another hill to climb. We’re going for our “stretch goal” of $100,000 that will take the story of the Gospel of John to ten cities nationwide and launch a Story Camp for teenagers in 2015. Why wouldn’t we all want to take that mountain together? Why can’t we do more? We can. I think we will.
But even if we don’t, we still have what we accomplished already. Reaching for what is next sometimes means you fall short … but it always means you’ve gotten farther than if you had not stretched. In the end, the joys of life will be remembered in tandem with those moments of greatest risk and struggle. Goals achieved are to be celebrated, but so is the striving to get to them.
Join us as we stretch. We need you to get where we are going. I can’t wait to celebrate again with you soon.
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