"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.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

2011 Mantra (Status Check)

Over the next few weeks we will arrive at the halfway point of 2011. Yes, already.  As I ran the Peace Haven route this morning, (I have always thought that is a great name for a street), I caught myself thinking about this year’s mantra.  As you might recall, the mantra process is somewhat of a tradition for me that provides serious motivation of which I will call upon throughout the challenges of the year.  To refresh your memory, or to view for the first time, click here:  2011 Mantra Blog

In short, this year’s selection included both a set of inspirational words and a verse application.  

“Make Another Moment!”
Psalm 126:2 "Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things.”

I have to say that several “moment” experiences have already occurred, and I was originally only thinking about the October marathon when I came up with it. The run in Brazil was really incredible and a moment that I won’t forget for some time.  Additionally, the Riverwalk run with my oldest daughter was pretty cool, as was the 10k, almost PR, that was run in Winston-Salem.  Finally, there is no doubt that the upcoming Mud Run is sure to be a moment maker itself.

The first half of 2011 has been filled with a great deal of laughter and song and joy.  Psalm 126:2 has provided me with a running theme that has led to more smiles and waves along the route, and allowed me to have a better perspective, that includes greater gratitude for today’s blessings, without any promise of tomorrow’s health.  Additionally, our ROCC small group fellowship has become deeper and the scriptures have really spoken to all of us this spring.  All of this has confirmed that Psalm 126:2 will continue to motivate my attitude and approach to the remainder of this year.  As to the reference of comfort, I will point to the blog dated 4.25.2011 (click here:  A Vapor Called Life)

I hope that you also find that you are on track with your start to the year, both in terms of your attitude to running and the perspective of life’s journey.  And if you are still looking to create your own mantra, I would suggest starting with a mouth full of laughter, a tongue singing of joy and an acknowledgement that the Lord has done great things! 

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