Running the Race


Let us run the race with endurance that is set before us.
Hebrews 12:1
In June of this year I started training that I hoped would result in being able to run a 5k.
No small undertaking for someone in their 60’s.
It has been many years since high school track and football, probably the last time I made a serious attempt at running anywhere.
The app I downloaded to my phone to track my progress was helpful, complete with an e-coach who encouraged  me periodically that I was doing a “great job”.
I discovered early on that my expectations of my progress was different than the reality of my progress, but motivated by the challenge  I forged ahead (also motivated in no small way by the 80 year old guy who passed me frequently).
Finally after eleven weeks  I arrived at the last day of my training.
The task as it was the two previous days of that final week was to jog 30 minutes.
With music in my ear and app in hand I started out.
About halfway through I passed some friends I had not seen in some time who gave me a thumbs up and I continued on.
Just a few minutes later my phone died…
I stopped, restarted my phone hoping that the app had saved my progress.
Did not happen…..
At that point I had the option of trying another day, or starting over.
As I was walking trying to decide what to do I passed my friends again.
I briefly explained what had happened, they encouraged me to keep going.
And I did
In Hebrews 12 the writer encourages us to run with endurance.
Enduring doesn’t always involve physical endurance. Sometimes it involves mental endurance. Continuing the race when things, go wrong, when you have to start again, when you really don’t want to.
Sometimes God places someone in your path to encourage you to keep going, keep running the race.
I have no doubt He placed Nathan and Michelle there that day for me.
And it encourages me because if God cares about something that small, He certainly cares about all the other races I  have yet to run.
Lord give me the opportunity to encourage someone today as they run their race.


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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