"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.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Happy Birthday RWH! (Who would have thought it?)

In February of 2011, a combination of conviction, curiosity and, some say, just a little too much time on my hands, came together in the creation of the Running With Horses blog site.  Having just completed my first marathon, I was searching for a way to use my passion for running to uplift, encourage and hold accountable, myself and others.  At the same time, I felt a calling to use it in a way that glorified God and created an environment of discipleship.

Initially, RWH was used as a tool to share small group lessons and provide thoughts on a broad range of running topics.  Shortly thereafter, I was led to Run For God.  In fact, an early blog reader, nextmailboxboston, was one of the original Run For God instructors.  I credit this reader with generating the excitement and detail around RFG that eventually led to our class at River Oaks. So, RWH also became a communication link and archive for all things RFG.

Along the way, many readers have been extremely encouraging and insightful.  Some of these readers are RFG instructors across the country. Some of these readers are local church members.  Some are from running circles and some are from various other circles.  That's the whole idea.  I have attempted to alternate topics and, while holding to my convictions and my vision that we are meant to 'Rise Above' (Jeremiah 12:5), I have attempted to make the blog interesting without the intimidating tone to those that wouldn't normally engage in a scripture based site.

Finally, over the past two years I have found this creative outlet to be a source of personal accountability.  In order to "walk the talk," I have attempted to live out the discipleship lessons and continue to keep up the running activity as best as possible.  I am not an expert at either, but I have grown tremendously in both. I am thankful for many of you that have assisted in this growth.  Your own blogs, stories and comments, have inspired me tremendously. I am blessed to have crossed so many paths.

So, I will continue into year number three.  I look forward to meeting more readers and learning from your experiences.  I will attempt to improve upon my writing and maintain the focus of rising above in each of the races that we are called as participants; that of running and that of serving Him.

Keep running with horses, and as I closed with in the very first post I submitted on February 11, 2011, I remind you (and myself) that, “Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too” - Richard O'Brian (distance runner)

David

By the way, for the statistically minded, this post is the 205th to date and the RWH site has been pulled up 59,794 times. Hopefully, at least a handful of these posts and / or hits have been worth your time.  


4 comments:

  1. David,

    Thank you and Happy 2! I have found this blog rewarding along my journey with RFG. Your blog was instrumental in the formation of my blog,"You Are The Hands and Feet" and our RFG FB page.

    I am one of those 59,794 that has found Running With The Horses "worth my time." With His help I want to continue to use the gift of running and RFG to help people find self worth in achieving something that only commitment and enduring faith makes possible. Hebrews 12:1 sets the tone. The key, are we willing to "strip off those things that slow us down."

    Keep running my friend and keep writing!

    Scott

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    1. Scott, many thanks. I continue to look forwad to an opportunity for us to meet up, get a run in and some worship / study time.

      As you know, I greatly admire your RFG communication, even to the point that I tend to "borrow" some of it from time to time. More importantly, your devotion to living out Hebrews 12:1 is much appreciated and inspiring.

      Blessings to you and your groups. Safe running and have an excellent week.

      In Him, David

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  2. Happy blog birthday! I haven't been here for all of the two years, but have enjoyed what I've read. Appreciate you taking the time to blog. I'm approaching my blog's first birthday as well, so thank you for the reminder.

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    1. Emily, thanks for the comment and kind words.

      As you know, I am a big fan of the REND site. So much so, that I try and encourage others to check it out as well (and I have a very short list of blog site endorsements). You write not only one of the most interesting sites across these various subjects that I see, but your amazing jump from low mileage to ultra-queen over the past year or two has provided great material and excellent testimony to what we are capable of when we are dedicated and disciplined.

      I also appreciate the detail you put into your recaps, they are helpful for others to learn from and visualize the event should we put it on our own race calendars the following year.

      I look forward to seeing you at a race soon (although, now that you are going really long, that might not happen again).

      Great work and keep up the running journey.

      David

      Oh, and custom jewelry (Road ID) for Valentines, that's great stuff!

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