By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, April 12, 2018

On Saturday, you are invited to attend the Magnolia Soapbox Derby. For the past ten years, teams of homemade soap box racers have competed in a race of speed and a competition in creativity. Racers gather at the crest of the hill on Magnolia Street beside Macon's Washington Park, as Shadetree derby teams and High School S.T.E.M. programs, alike, participate in this annual race. This year, HHBC will sponsor a car and our race is a real resurrection story. 

Our car was once a racer, but after a wreck it sat in a barn in Lizella for a number of years. Our derby team, including Ben Huston, Jeff Browne, David Gibson, Mark Spivey, and few friends in the community, have brought an retired racer back to life. Life in the barn took its toll on the car. Beyond the bent frame and through the dust of the years, our team imagined a new future for that old rig. Isn't that what our eyes are called to see after easter, the promise and potential lying seemingly dead before us? Don't you have one more race left in you?

These athletic metaphors for faith arise in the New Testament as a challenge and consolation for those tired of the race of life. Paul writes in Corinthians, "Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified."

What a fun and fitting verse for our team to remember on Saturday, but all the more so, what a fitting verse that challenges us to endure in every circumstance. Come out on Saturday and cheer us on. Last Wednesday we christened the car, "Graced Lightin' " It really will be amazing. We practice at 10AM and Race at 2PM Hope to see you there. Think of it as an excerise of Easter sight and enduring goals.

~ Jake