The theme of Bart's speech is found in his tag line, "Never limit where running can take you." In his wildest imagination, he never thought he would be doing what he is doing for a living, nor have experienced what he has taken in over the past 30 years, as a result of a passion for running. From marathons on all seven continents, to ultra-mileage events, to runs through destinations that are far removed from general access, to meeting people across the globe on a regular basis and engaging causes that better our world. All because he first decided to put on a pair of running shoes and take off out the door.
After listening to Bart motivate the group on this "chase your dreams" philosophy, I found myself thinking the same thing. Running has allowed me to explore so many sites and sounds that I otherwise would never have known. From along the Amazon to beneath the Eiffel Tower to Salem Lake. The perspective gained in a pair of Brooks is just not found by car or walking shoes. Then consider the races, often through closed streets of major cities, the trails, parks and green ways, on and on.
But most importantly, and certainly most current, is the involvement with the River Oaks Run For God group. The opportunity to share fellowship, encouragement and growth with so many new friends and fellow runners, is truly a blessing. A blessing brought about by not limiting the application that running might have when blended with purpose. In my wildest imagination, I never would have envisioned having an opportunity to be associated with this study. Now I find Monday nights and weekly group runs are the most anticipated events on my calendar. Again, never in my wildest imagination......
Thank you Lord for a passion for you and a desire / ability to run. I can't wait to see what's next.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing - Psalm 143:10
* For a really good overview of Bart’s presentation, check out this post from ‘Run. Eat. Nap. Drink.’ It nicely captures many of the details that made up his talk; click Bart Yasso Presentation - Emily