"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?)
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)
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.