"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, December 22, 2016

Cowboy Up

The Lord willing, our season of "pause" is officially over.

As the New Year approaches, and the unexpected life crisis of late-summer settles into a new norm, it is time to resume the activity of Running With Horses. A 2017 reset will follow a year that began as strong, if not stronger, than any prior. But for all the right reasons, that 2016 first half gave way to the longest layoff in almost ten years. So goes our journey, and so goes the familiar reminder that we are especially grateful for the ability to run and walk today, for there is no promise of doing so tomorrow.

That said, the resumption of activity here at RWH has not only benefited from the mental boost of a calendar rollover, but has also been encouraged by a recent project with Run for God.

In short, several months ago I received a call from Dean - if you are familiar with the Run for God program, then you certainly know Dean. If not, I describe him as the RFG equivalent to Runner's World Bart Yasso, running guru and author. He wanted to know if I would consider being interviewed for a story in their Connect Magazine winter edition. Truthfully, with everything going on, I really wasn't sure I had the energy or focus, even for a minimum amount of my time.

But of course, down deep, I knew there was no way I would decline the request. Over the past five years, this organization has helped to enable so many relationships, memorable moments, and life changes here at River Oaks and across the country. The vision of RFG has met our group at the crossroads of our passions and purposes. In fact, we owe our annual 5K to the fact that Run for God exists. So, yes, I gladly spoke with Dean and tried to provide as much insight about our group as possible. It was a wonderful conversation that even uncovered some 'previous life' similarities between us old guy runners in 'present life' ministry.

Here's the funny part. Now that the issue is out "on newsstands everywhere!" (not really, but in pdf digital format, pp. 18-22, at the following link: http://www.runforgod.com/connect), but now that it is out, and now that it speaks about the RWH website, and now that Dean has taken a great deal of creative license in describing yours truly, who is not nearly as interesting as Dean seemed to dream up 😄 ... now that all that is a reality, I have found this exercise to be one of accountability for which I really just need to cowboy up. In other words, I realize now that Dean's call has resulted in a big push, a timely push, and a necessary push. It's time to run with horses; for myself, for others, for the service of the Kingdom.

Thank you Dean for the timely motivation and support, and thank you Lord for showing us the plan for our lives, the ups and downs, one day at a time. - Isaiah 58:11

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