Yesterday passed without much fanfare – my ankle was killing me so I didn’t even go out for a run. However, yesterday does mark the six year anniversary of a huge change in my life. Six years ago, on a warm summer afternoon, I took my first run – well – a run/walk sort of – I covered a total of 1 mile in 20 minutes. At the time I weighed 260 pounds and was on high blood pressure medication. To say that I loved it at the time would be a stretch. At the moment I’m having to reintroduce myself to running. It has been tough this year to say the least, but I keep on pressing on. I keep thinking about that verse that I shared at our local church conference – with a slide of me finishing the Richmond Marathon – I PRESS ON TOWARD THE GOAL. It’s been an awesome journey so far and my plan is to keep on keeping on!
The song that inspired yesterday’s sermon.
- First reading and Psalm
- Second reading
Beautiful words stir my heart.
I will recite a lovely poem about the king,
for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.
You are the most handsome of all.
Gracious words stream from your lips.
God himself has blessed you forever.
Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
You rule with a scepter of justice.
You love justice and hate evil.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you,
pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.
Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume your robes.
In ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you.
Kings’ daughters are among your noble women.
At your right side stands the queen,
wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir!
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
It’s been a couple of weeks since I did one of these, mainly because it has been a tough summer of running. I know I said that last summer as well. This year it’s for different reasons. Last year, I was plagued by injuries, this year, it is finding the time to run. Last night I thought to myself, all I do anymore is eat, sleep, work, and run.
This has been a good week of running and with one more good day of running this month, I will clear 60 miles – which is better than July. I didn’t think I was anywhere close to July’s totals. I had three solid 5 + mile runs this week. They ranged quite a bit in speed, but they were all good pushing hard runs. Hopefully with the weather getting cooler, I can get out for runs in the afternoon. Until then I keep Pressing On!
“You become like what you worship. When you gaze in awe, admiration, and wonder at something or someone, you begin to take on something of the character of the object of your worship.” – N. T. Wright, “Simply Christian”