Sunday, March 21, 2010

Running the Good Race 2010

This is the second week of this new journey towards Running the Good Race. This is a very unique small group that combines the passion of running with the word of God. I started the group on March 13 with the number 3, yesterday we were 5 and I am sure God will continue to add more members next week.

We open our reunion in prayers asking God to be with us during our time together,  the sun was peaking through the trees and the squirrels were witness to the passion and expectation every member had to go out running. The weather was great and we began our run at 8:15am towards the Coconut Grove Marina. The run was really nice as we felt the fresh morning wind blow in our faces while we were waking up by the beautiful presence of the singing birds. Served breakfast to all and because man not only lives by bread, I also gave them the word. This is the verse we used for discussion:

2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. (James 1:2-8, NIV)

We read verse by verse and shared our thoughts. We reflected on the word and we encouraged one another. While we were at the pier, I encouraged all to observe the calm water and later I used that as an illustration of what happens when we doubt and how we become like that wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. In general we got the idea why we should develop perseverance and pursuit God's wisdom. Like in running, there is no advancing if we quit running every time we try so it is true for our faith, we cannot grow and strengthen our faith if we do not persevere through trials.

Have a blessed week and I pray that you will join us Running the Good Race 2010 next Saturday!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Running the Good Race 2010

Have you ever been to a race? It is amazing, if you have been part of a race you know what it feels like to be waiting behind the Start line. You are pumped that you are going to run and you have a time set in your mind of how long you plan on doing your run. if you have never been to one just look at the picture here and look how many people are just waiting to start the race.

Everyone has a story on why they are there, some run for fun, others are in a running group supporting a cause, others just want to accomplish a personal goal or just keeping themselves in shape. I run too, and I run because I believe that a race is very similar to our journey in life. But I am talking about the journey of our faith. In the months ahead I will prepare for my 1st Marathon. I have run two Half Marathons and now I am striving to do my first Marathon.

The Bible also compares a race with our lives, look what it mentions in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

This verse right here motivated me during my last 3 miles during my Half Marathons, usually at these last miles the body is very tired and feels like giving up. It feels the same when we have a relationship that is going nowhere, a job that will not give us a prosperous future, perhaps a tough sickness; you name it. There are times in life where we just want to quit. I have Christ in my life, so I have hope and faith to persevere and keep going as to get the prize.

The finish line is never as crowded as the starting line, at this point many lost the dream of winning, some give up and don't bother to reach the finish line and others are disqualified. If you were to compare your life today with a race, what kind of runner are you? Will you make it to the finish line? Tell me, what is your story?

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