"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, December 31, 2011

Better Than Black-Eyed Peas and Turnip Greens!

Okay, I admit, we'll still get our fill of black-eyed peas, cornbread and greens tomorrow, but our favorite New Year's Day tradition by far is the Running of the Lights.  Just as the ball drops in Times Square, a starter's gun will sound in Clemmons, NC,  and over 1,000 runners will take off for 3.4 miles through Tanglewood Park's Christmas lights display.  For the fourth consecutive year, our family and friends will ring in the new year with a race bib.  I can't think of any better place, or way, to welcome 2012!

And if tonight's race brings in the new year, then this morning's run was the perfect send-off to 2011.  With bright sunshine and 50 degrees, the Salem Lake loop provided for an excellent time of reflection on the many blessings of the past 364 days.  From stronger small group relationships and deeper spiritual growth, (thanks to the wonderful teaching pastors at ROCC), to awesome family adventures and milestones, (celebrating the first twenty years with my best friend was a highlight), to the personally gratifying running related accomplishments, (most thankful for a consistent, injury-free year).  A blessed year indeed.

So, whether you have the opportunity to lace up the shoes at midnight, or you are celebrating in some other manner, here's wishing everyone a wonderful start to this new year.  May there be joy in our journeys and may our passions continue to find purpose.  God bless.

'Today is the day (year) that the Lord has made.  
Let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it.'
- Psalm 118:24   

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