"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, September 26, 2012

Imparting Knowledge

One of the most satisfying realizations that I have come to recently, relative to running, is the significant increase in knowledge that I have accumulated over the past few years about this little hobby passion. The more mileage that I have chalked up, the more articles and studies that I have read, the more conversations that I have had the pleasure to share with fellow runners, have all increased my understanding and my ability to pass on that understanding to others. I still have a lot to learn, but the only real way to grow in this knowledge is to keep on running.

As our small group begins the fall study on the book of Ephesians, I couldn't help but see the parallel between this reflection on running to that of Paul and his encouragement to the church.  In short, the only real way to grow in our knowledge of Christ is to keep walking with Him on a daily basis. To grow in our obedience of Christ means that we strive to obey.  Understanding that our relationship with Christ is more than head knowledge, Paul knew that when we stayed the course, we were much more ready and able to be used.

Whether it's running or discipleship, it has been said, "it is impossible to impart what you do not possess." To that I would add, it is impossible to possess what you do not live out.  I look forward to growing with our group on Wednesday nights around Ephesians, as I also look forward to pounding out a few more miles of educational development along the trail. 

I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have calling you have received.  Be completely humble and  gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace - Ephesians 4:1-3

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