"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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

ROCC RFG : You Have "Finished the Race"

And so, 13 weeks of Run For God has come down to our "graduation" celebration at this Saturday's 5k.  In what has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable labors of love that I have ever had the privilege to be associated with, this study has exceeded all expectations.  The relationships formed and the fellowship encountered throughout this process will forever be a reminder of the joy and accountability that comes through community; the gathering in His name. 

For the past several months, you ROCC RFG'ers have been on my mind non-stop.  Your desire to pursue personal growth, and your commitment to endure, is a tremendous inspiration to me personally. As evidenced through last night's sharing, the intersection of our journeys has not been without purpose. We each brought our own "needs" into this study.  For some there was the need for physical fitness. For others the need for spiritual renewal.  Still others the need for engagement, or discipline, or emotional repair, or enrichment or achievement.  Whatever your reason for joining in back on February 13th, I am prayerful that at least a portion of that need has been met. 

Now, to race day.  As you prepare for this run, I want you to remember that you are totally prepared and ready.  Your hay is in the barn.  You have counted the cost.  You have chased down the Cushite.  You have trusted the plan.  Come Saturday it will be 'go time.' 

We will all meet at 7:45 near the finish line area for prayer and a group photo.  Then you will make your way to the start.  Nice and relaxed, you will run YOUR race.  A few minutes later you WILL complete this challenge. You will smile, laugh or cry, and you will say to yourself ..... "Self, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith!"  And obviously, I will say to myself ..... "OK David, let's find those donuts."

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