"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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

And Forget Not All His Benefits (Psalm 103:2)

Happy Thanksgiving!
'Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits'
- Psalm 103:2

For those of us that enjoy a life of running and exercise, there is much for which we should give thanks this Thanksgiving Day.  Our physical health, which allows us to do what we do, realizing that it is never guaranteed come tomorrow. The desire and discipline to continue lacing up the shoes on a regular basis, even when it would be easier not to.  The friendships and social connectivity that brings a deeper dimension to our life through group training, race day events and general "running nut" camaraderie.  The clearing of our mind and soul as the miles click by and the stress of daily life is eased. On and on and on......

For those of us that enjoy an active life of Christian discipleship, there is much more for which we should give thanks this Thanksgiving Day.  A good place to start is with Psalm 103:2.  The psalmist uses the word 'benefits' to refer to divine favors, or blessings, for which God has bestowed upon us as His children. The important idea of this verse is that 'ALL' of His benefits are worthy of our gratitude.  That said, I think we often consider only the physical or tangible blessings that we enjoy in this world as His benefits.  I believe that it is much more desirable to God that we not forget the spiritual benefits that he has provided: His glorious salvation, the forgiveness of our sins, the state of joy & peace that is possible through a relationship with Christ, His goodness, and our ability to love others through our changed heart.  On and on and on.......  

Wishing all of you a very appreciative Thanksgiving. May your Turkey Trots and Gobble Jogs buy you a few more slices of pumpkin pie, and may we consider the many benefits and blessings that grace our journey.  

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