"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
In our week five gathering, we took a closer look at the idea of community, or what we might think of as finding "Common Unity" with others. Whether it's because running in a group is always easier than running alone, or because growing stronger in our faith is richer alongside brothers and sisters who encourage us, teach us, hold us accountable, and help us find joy in the journey, community is vital to our finishing the races that are set before us!
Community is a big reason we hold an annual 5k. Community is at the core of Crisis Control Ministry, our 2017 race beneficiary. Community exists in the sphere of running and walking to help move us forward. Community is critical to our spiritual growth.
In our Connect time last night, each member discussed a favorite place of community that they currently experience and enjoy. Throughout the conversion, table groups were charged with constructing a symbol, representation, structure, or even abstract piece of art, that represents community. I'll admit, the groups exceeded my already high expectations. At the end of the night, our creative runners had constructed works that spoke to them about the Trinity, about Run for God, about other groups, about homes and families, and much more.
Aside from community, you'll find the discussion points on pacing, 'running by the numbers', and ROCC 5k, posted below. You'll also find our live meeting here: ROCC RFG Week 5 Meeting
Everyone did especially well running the first half of the 5K course as we ventured behind West Forsyth High School and up/down Lewisville Clemmons Rd. Stay at it. Trust the plan. See you soon.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
For only the second time in six years, our Monday night was disrupted by extreme conditions. But never fear, the gym was near, so our group put in the hard work and completed workout number one of week four in flying colors.
With forecasts showing next Monday, March 20, as sunny and 65 degrees, we are planning on a grand return to the great outdoors and our first official ROCC 5K Course group run. Don't miss it.
Aside from the workout, we had a great time last night finding 'Common Ground' around our tables, considering the context and implications of Philippians 4:13, laughing out loud at the Skit Guys biblical character board meeting (link below), learning a few new stretches, discussing injuries, and making time for RFG shirt fit kit sampling. Whew ... and out by 7:59!
The slides are shown below. Let me know of any questions. If interested in hearing more about these subjects, the live feed can be found here: Facebook Live: Week 4
Click Here: Skit Guys: Make the Bible More Interesting?
Thursday, March 9, 2017
... will grow strangely dim.
This week there was a moment. Actually, there were two, each providing a similar degree of lasting significance to the experience. The first one I'll call ‘despair’ and the second ‘sweet exhilaration.’
As background, you should know that this site is truly a labor of love. It began, and remains, an outlet for merging two of my favorite communities into one space. It continues to provide me with as much accountability, in regards to both running and faith, as it does reading pleasure to the handful of sleepless souls aimlessly wandering around the blogosphere. Besides, I am finding later in life a real pleasure in writing. I’m a novice, to say the least, but a novice work-in-progress. I might one day close this chapter of my journey, but I prefer that it would be my decision in the matter.
So, when the email arrives to inform me that I must update my domain registration account or lose the site effective April 1, it becomes a priority situation.
In a world of user names and passwords, one does not simply address this situation without knowing either. Let’s just say that many late night hours this week were spent attempting to rectify the issue. Let’s also just say that Google is not nearly as accessible as .... anyone else on the planet. Long story short, a chat board provided a covert support ticket process, a secret phone number, and a special knock, should I decide to travel to silicon valley. But to no avail. As of Wednesday morning, 11:30 AM, from a place of despair, I left it alone.
But then, something really powerful happened. Somewhere between the decision not to revisit 'operation domain rescue' anymore, and the decision to go with a six-inch BLT no cheese (eat fresh), I truly released it. And all I could keep thinking about were the words to a song I have been humming for the past week, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. Specifically, the line that says, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace. Powerful, indeed. Let it go and be free of despair. It was a good run (always pun intended) and if April 1 is the finish line, then so be it. To exert more energy toward this “strangely dim thing” would be more prideful than anything. I can continue to Run with Horses, just not in this way.
Now enter the BIG moment of ‘sweet exhilaration.’
Back at work ... 2:59 ... and the phone rings. An 877 number, hmmmm, usually I stay clear, but there are some health field contacts that I can identify as toll-free, so ok. “Hello, David?” She had me at hello. For the next few minutes, this very friendly Google technician explained that she received my information via message board informants and wanted to assist. She walked me through a few keystrokes, entered in a new id and password on her end, and said I was good to go. And just like that, I had spent roughly eight hours frantically researching and attempting every last troubleshooting trick I knew, and in a four minute call, resolved.
Never, in a million google years would I have expected to receive that call. And never would I have imagined how sweet the result would be having first released it as a burden. I am thankful, yet I do know that it’s not the end of the world should I not receive that mysterious lifeline call in the future. In fact, it’s because it is of the world that I can simply let it grow dim and move on.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
End of the 1st Quarter!
In completing our week 3 workouts, we should all step back and be encouraged by the fact that we are 25% complete with our plan! Everyone has done a fantastic job and last night's meeting was as enthusiastic and engaging as ever. The key takeaways:
Run: Week 3 90 sec / 2 min x 6 intervals ... Trust the plan.
Connect: Chaos reigned in our Tower of Babel connecting event; watch the video (from about the 4 minute mark on) here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/roccrfg/
Grow: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 was our passage with an emphasis on our bodies being temples of the Holy Spirit so we don't defile the temple, the heart, the soul, the inner self. Not an emphasis on the outer self, appearance, abilities, fitness. Those are not the things that make our bodies a temple. They are important in that they help us serve God and others better and longer, but it is the transformation of the heart that God is most delighted in.
Learn: Gear - What we need, want, and wish for. Most importantly, proper shoes, technical shirt and socks, sun protection (hat and glasses) and a timing device. You are good to go.
If you have any questions, just let us know.