Freeport, Illinois — May 17, 2017 — I ran into someone this week who thought pretty negatively about Freeport. As I stood there listening to her, I think she could read the look in my eye. She stopped what she was saying and said, “Do you think Freeport is a good place?” To that I responded, “No, I think Freeport is a great place!” She then replied, “Well I have lived here all my life so…”
So today I want to speak to those who grew up in Freeport, those who have been here for years and years and years. There seem to be 2 groups. One group remembers the good ole’ days, almost longing for what used to be. The other looks upon past failures, past hurts and looks back with hurt and disdain for the city.
Let me tell you this, we must let go of the past. Whether longing for those wonderful things of our childhood or looking at circumstances that led up to the current events one thing I can say is: You have to have a vision for your life and we have to stop looking at the past, and instead start being part of the future.
That is why Ignite Church loves the folks over at City Center Freeport and Freeport All In! These are people who do not look backward, but rather forward into the destiny of Freeport.
What is the destiny of Freeport? Well, let’s start with its foundational meaning: Firstly I’d like to mention that Freeport was incorporated on Valentine’s Day. I find that very significant! Not to mention it was a “Free Port!” So to wrap up those 2 little factoids I’d say that Freeport was built on a foundation of love and freedom!
So what if, what if God had bigger things in store for our city? What if you could be a part of a transformation? And what if it’s really just a small amount of people who are doing big, naughty things and it’s not that the town is bad or that the police aren’t measuring up, but rather, our city is primarily full of loving, friendly, heartwarming and welcoming people who care? What if we focused on the big picture and moving forward?
So yes, Freeport is a wonderful city and a great place to live, and yes, it can be better, if we would only partner together as a team.
It’s time to Ignite Freeport with their identity, purpose, and destiny! It’s time to come together and be a city that always builds up and never tears down, one who is full of unity, grace, and generosity. A city that is a destination city where people want to live, work, visit and play.
It can happen, but it takes seemingly “regular” people coming together and accomplishing big things!
Let’s run AT our giants, rather than run FROM them!
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