"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, March 21, 2017

ROCC RFG 2017 - Week 5

Two are better than one. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. Continue encouraging one another and building one another up. When one falls down, the other is there to help him up.

In our week five gathering, we took a closer look at the idea of community, or what we might think of as finding "Common Unity" with others. Whether it's because running in a group is always easier than running alone, or because growing stronger in our faith is richer alongside brothers and sisters who encourage us, teach us, hold us accountable, and help us find joy in the journey, community is vital to our finishing the races that are set before us!

Community is a big reason we hold an annual 5k. Community is at the core of Crisis Control Ministry, our 2017 race beneficiary. Community exists in the sphere of running and walking to help move us forward. Community is critical to our spiritual growth.

In our Connect time last night, each member discussed a favorite place of community that they currently experience and enjoy. Throughout the conversion, table groups were charged with constructing a symbol, representation, structure, or even abstract piece of art, that represents community. I'll admit, the groups exceeded my already high expectations. At the end of the night, our creative runners had constructed works that spoke to them about the Trinity, about Run for God, about other groups, about homes and families, and much more.

Aside from community, you'll find the discussion points on pacing, 'running by the numbers', and  ROCC 5k, posted below. You'll also find our live meeting here: ROCC RFG Week 5 Meeting  

Everyone did especially well running the first half of the 5K course as we ventured behind West Forsyth High School and up/down Lewisville Clemmons Rd.  Stay at it. Trust the plan. See you soon.

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