"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.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Love Deeper, Speak Sweeter & Forgive

A few months ago, I wrote a post that was difficult to complete.  The subject matter dealt with the recent news of a good friend’s cancer, (click here: A Vapor Called Life). Today, he continues to fight and he continues to lift my spirits more than I lift his when we talk.

I think of our friend, and his family, almost daily.  Sending up prayers and trying to imagine what everyone involved is going through.  I also think of him on every long run.  Included in the play list for these runs is Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying.  The obvious emotions are stirred and the thoughts begin to wonder.  But today was different.

This song has played over a dozen times since I learned of Chris' illness, yet only today did I hear it from the heart.  I think I have always been so taken by the physical feats that the singer takes on once learning the news, (skydiving, mountain climbing and ridin’ that bull Fu Man Chu), that I have completely missed the equal, yet more critical, emphasis on our interaction with others, (loved deeper, spoke sweeter and gave forgiveness that had been denied prior).

Yes, it would be great to experience these breath taking adventures while I still can, including marathons, but if I were truly handed the cards that my buddy has been handed, the real concern would be on my relationships and my kindness to others.  The truth is, when it comes to treating others in these ways, he has always lived like he was dying.  The rest of us could probably do well to keep that in mind a bit more often. I know I certainly could.  Run long, love deeper.

Like tomorrow was the end
And you got eternity to think about what to do with it
What should you do with it
What can I do with it
What would I do with it

I went skydiving
I went rocky mountain climbing
I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I'd been denyin'
And he said some day I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dyin'

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