"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.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Comments?

The Running with Horses blog has been a true labor of love over the past few months.  I have learned a great deal and have tried to remain focused on the original purpose; to encourage one another in our daily spiritual journey and to create community around the shared interest of running.  I have also been extremely encouraged to hear reader responses to certain posts.  Especially when the scripture or topic covered spoke to a current need. And trust me, it's a two way street in terms of meeting needs - thank you. 

Now, I would like to hear from YOU!  In June alone, there will be close to 1,000 hits with over two dozen countries already in with double digit page views.  I would love to know more about you.  Specifically:

*  Does Jeremiah 12:5 resonate with you?
*  Are you experiencing the thrill of running with horses?
*  Are you a runner, a Christian, both, neither, a blog-aholic?
*  How about a few blog thoughts yourself; on running or Christian discipleship.

This is not a request for feedback on the blog site.  RWH is about "us" honoring "Him."  It's about making us think, smile, act, love, learn and grow together. Really, I would just love to hear from you, whoever you are! So, drop down to the comment section and give it a shot.  You never know when your words of inspiration, knowledge or random insight, will generate a conversation that goes much deeper than expected.

Have a great weekend and I'll leave you with the final paragraph to the original post on this site: 

Lastly, I truly appreciate everyone’s tips and encouragement. I am hopeful to be able to pass along some of each to all those other runners out there. In fact, this life list event is now in the books and it’s time to spend more energy rooting all of you on for a while. I honestly believe that for as long as I am blessed with the ability and the desire to pursue running, I have a responsibility and a God-given purpose to build up and encourage fellow runners. By way of both longer term relationships, and casual race day interactions, my passion for running allows me the opportunity to bring smiles, lift spirits and help motivate those that share this passion. I’ve even thought about a Jeremiah 12:5 group that keeps in mind our greater goal to “compete with horses” by avoiding the pettiness in this world that can “wear us out” or “cause us to stumble”. Imagine the adrenaline of running with horses, on a spiritual and physical level! With that in mind, I close with a quote from distance runner Richard O’Brien: 

“Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too”

11 comments:

  1. Greg (Philadelphia)June 24, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Hey Dave, love your site. I saw the link on Run For God and have been checking it out a few times. It’s been interesting and it’s nice to see the combination of faith and running. I am running the Philadelphia Marathon this fall and hope to keep running strong.

    Sorry, I don’t really have a blog idea, but wanted to let you know who was out here. Take care, keep running.

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  2. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” - Hebrews 12:1

    Those things that hinder us also keep us from competing with horses! Let’s stay accountable with our eyes on the eternal.

    Peace,

    Kim M - Birmingham, AL

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  3. Christian runner / triathlete. I also saw your page from Run For God, but just a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t been part of a RFG group but hope to at some time. Their program and your blog are sort of unique to a lot of us looking to serve Jesus and push the physical limits. I would probably blog on my pre-race prayers that speak of thanksgiving and gratitude before the race is run. Regardless of the outcome that day, I am physically able to stand at the starting line and represent his goodness for that moment. I pray that I make the most of each encounter and my actions for the remainder of the day glorify his name.

    Race on, Ted - Colorado

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  4. Randall J. - Toronto, CanadaJune 24, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    YES! Running with horses does inspire and challenge the attitude of which we approach each new day. I want to rise above the foot race and the safe country. I want to compete against the greater adventure that God has in store for me for these next few years. The challenges become greater and the struggles perhaps more difficult, but the reward is greater and His presence will be nearer. That’s what it’s all about.

    A fellow runner, RJ.

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  5. I am a U.S. foreign national working in Singapore. I received a link to your blog after a friend of mine saw one of your posts. I have enjoyed reading and sharing with others in my Bible Study group here. We don’t run as much as many of your readers do, but we do exercise and can appreciate the aspects of spiritual meditation with running. Thank you.

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  6. David, Steve. We should plan on running New York next year. Your church there sounds really good. I like the message summaries you put on here. Keep it up. Next time in H’ville, stop by.

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  7. i’m a beginning runner, long time believer. i was doing a search for a study on ahimaaz and came across your site. thank you for help, i love that verse. i am thinking about joing a team in training program soon and have seen some great blogs on others that are on these teams. i am thinking about blogging myself for this experience. there are so many christians that take up running and i am seeing what i have missed for so long now!

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  8. Saw you had some content from Atlanta / Roswell. We run there frequently as part of ChristianRunners.org check out the calendar and join us.

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  9. Not a runner, but in your small group. I always like reading the blog and in particular like the sermon notes for our study. We've been out some and it's good to catch up. Maybe I'll start running next year!!!

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  10. Your blog continues to be an encouragement to me on my personal running journey. Thanks for loving the Lord and sharing your running/writing talents to minister to others! May God bless your 18 weeks of training and may 3:49:59 come easy! Run blessed!

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  11. TNMB, the feeling is mutual. If I’ve learned little else over the last few years, it’s that small group fellowship and community accountability (i.e., interaction in this blog) are both vital to our growth and Biblical in their objectives. It’s really all about relationships. The ultimate relationship with Jesus that is the basis of our salvation, and the relationships that we build with other brothers and sisters in Him. Although many viewers are likely one and done, others will interact for a few weeks / months and a few others beyond that. It’s all good. We move in and out of other’s circles and hopefully gain greater insight and strength for that moment. Investing in each other during this short, short, short earthly journey (did I mention how short this time is?) all for the eternal ahead. Sorry, much more than a “thank you”. Have a great holiday weekend.

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