Sunday, 3 July 2016

The Exhilarating Finish!

I recently had the slightly terrifying privilege of sharing the Walk2run story so far to a sympathetic home crowd at one of the Walk2Run venues, the Pelham Coffee Lounge. I’d put together a short presentation outlining the story of how Walk2Run came about, the challenges, my fears and failures, running for physical and mental health, the emerging team, and future dreams. But I think my favourite slide of all is the one which talks about What Are We Running For?

The reason I love this slide is that so often it is stated, and assumed, that we runners are running to escape.

I understand that, and in some senses I suppose it’s true. Of course I run to ‘escape’ the craziness of life, to be alone and quiet and recharge my batteries. But flip the lens for a second.

Let me shout as loudly as I can, we are not running FROM something, we are running FOR something. Think about it. You’re on the start line of a race, and we’ve all been there, whether it’s the egg and spoon race when we were 5 years old, or the latest Ultra Multi Day Mountain Mud Colour Rat Race. So you’re on the start line, the gun goes off, and then what? I’ll tell you what. You run like stink TOWARDS the finish line. You don’t run FROM the start line, you run TOWARDS the finish line, you run FOR the medal, FOR the prize.

Confession: I know I’m running for something, and towards the prize, but if I’m honest I’m still not absolutely able to express what that something I’m running for is. The nearest I can come to putting it into words is that I’m running for FREEDOM, freedom for myself and others, freedom from fears and insecurities, abuses and hurts and addictions. I’m not running from fear, I’m running for freedom. And of course for myself, I know WHO I’m running for.

So although I can’t completely nail what I’m running for yet, I can totally nail the truth that we’re running towards the finish to gain the prize. This quote from the bible sums it up perfectly. The exhilarating finish in and with God! Woooohooo, I love running!

Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God

Come and run with us, it might just change your life

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