"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.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

In a Word .... MOVE!

MOVE verb \ˈmüv\ : 1) to go or pass to another place or in a certain direction with a continuous motion; 2) to proceed toward a certain state or condition.

It's a simple word, move, yet it has consumed my thoughts for most of the past few months. One theme, several applications. In fact, in light of the recently completed Run For God program, I now find myself describing the study's objective as one primarily designed around the idea of movement. From our spiritual journeys to our physical interests, the word 'move' is essential to the success of each. So, a few thoughts about this deeply "moving" action verb.

First, whether we are running, walking, biking, swimming or hiking our way to better physical fitness, one thing is clear, we have to start moving. By now, most everyone has seen the results of the recent study that projected over 40% of the US population would be obese by the year 2030. Almost half of the country will be 30+ pounds overweight. That's horrible! And yes, there are many things that we need to do to prevent this, but first and foremost, we have to get moving.  This is not rocket science, move more = feel better + live better.

Speaking of the need to move, I applaud First Lady Michelle Obama for her active campaign on movement.  The Let's Move initiative is a cause that Mrs. Obama spends a great deal of time supporting. Technology "advancements," poor diet choices and an overall shift to comfort over sacrifice, all combine to create unhealthier generations with each generational age. Any program that looks to promote exercise and better diets for our children is a good thing. (By the way, the First Lady's vegetable garden is really a pretty cool addition to the South Lawn as well - the first since Eleanor Roosevelt). 

Lastly, and most importantly,  I believe that we are to be moving toward a more Christ-like character. As with the physical, it is never too late to start moving in that direction and we always find greater success in the endeavor when we stay at it; back to the definition, "a continuous motion." Moving forward in our spiritual life involves a desire to learn, to grow, to serve, to worship. It means trusting His plan for us and exercising our faith in that plan.  It's not about where we currently find ourselves, or how fast we are going, it's a matter of whether or not we are in motion, moving forward.  We all know the impact of an idle body and an idle mind.  Consider the impact of an idle heart and idle soul.

Until the next post, keep moving!

"For in Him we live and move and have our being"
Acts 17:28




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