About two years ago God did something crazy with our family.
My husband and I decided to step out of working in full time ministry and move into our RV. We were walking by faith and living completely open-handed before God.
It was a WILD season where we thought we were moving and upending our entire life for God to only lead us right back to the community we were already serving. Into our open hands fell a non-profit called Twelve. It's a mentor-based organization that partners with local schools and coaches in Fort Mill to help student athletes understand the message that "who you are > what you do." It's incredible.
Weekly, I get to watch my husband rally mentors and pour into students. My kids retrieve balls at baseball and cheer on the Fort Mill Yellowjackets during football season. I get to sit behind the scenes to run social media and write all the things. Our whole family is involved in this project of investing into students lives and we get to watch them grow into incredible young adults.
So, today I want to pull back the curtain on that side of my work life as a nonprofit owner and share with you a writing I just did for Twelve, geared toward our #SpringSwingforXII campaign.
You ready to here "Why We Should Swing for Hope Over Hype"? Let's go...
In sports we encounter a lot of hype, right? People cheering in the stands, exciting lead-ups to big games and pregame speeches from coaches and chaplains.
Hype is amazing. It's what makes the heart of an athlete pound before they compete. It motivates us and causes us to anticipate a win.
We should for sure buy into the excitement that comes with being an athlete. It's awesome! However, longterm, we should swing for hope over hype every time. Here's why:
Hope is genuine and long-lasting. Hype can be contrived and is temporary.
When the game is over, we hang up our jersey or the season ends, the hype is gone right? There aren't always cheers as you take the field of life. But, if we swing for hope, we don't need hype to keep us moving in the right direction.
"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
When we place our hope in the Lord who doesn't change with the sports seasons and allow mentors to remind us of our potential and inspire us to grow, we discover daily the strength we need to succeed.
Swing for hope over hype.
Kaley Rivera Thompson is an author, copywriter, Bible teacher, speaker, and worship leader. When she's not championing other women, cheering on the rising generation, writing or playing her guitar, Kaley loves to sip strong coffee, go on hikes, or take a day trip to the mountains with her family. She takes the most pride in being a mom to three little girls, Lina, Lili and Ceci. You can follow her on instagram at @kriverathompson or find out more on her website at kriverathompson.com.