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AUTHOR: Andrew Raduly

Start where you are. Chris Gardner’s fascinating story is portrayed in the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness. As a single parent with a young boy in tow, Gardner’s character, played by Will Smith, had a hard time making it. He struggled to find adequate housing, as he had odd jobs and poor transportation. The story was emotional, raw, and uncomfortable at times. In the end, Gardner’s exasperated pursuit of happiness was successful.

In real life, Chris Gardner becomes very prosperous. In his #1 New York Times best seller, Start Where You Are, he describes a roadmap that invites his success to be replicated. One of the most important points a reader takes away reading this book is that for anyone to succeed they need to start where they are.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Around the world a tired humanity is desperately searching for a substitute that will take away burdens and give peace. Yet, God reminds us that we can come to Him as we are.

Today, as we give to our local church budget, remember that our presence in this community allows us to reach people where they are.

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Originally prepared for September 12, 2020