I haven’t done one of these in a long time, and I think it’s about time. My new plan is to do one at the end of the month and at the end of the week. Since today is February 28, this is my end of month running update.
Since I haven’t put it anywhere yet, my mileage goal for 2019 is to run 2019 km, which is about 1260 miles. January got off to a slow start with only 23 miles. February was a different story. I finished off today with 5 running miles and 3 walking miles to end up the month with 78.9 miles. This puts my yearly total at 101.98 or 51 miles per month. This is a good restart. Really looking forward to pressing on to meet my goal this year.
At 78.9 miles, this was my best February since 2014. While at the moment, I’m not very fast, I am trying to build endurance. Pressing On!
We are in the middle of a significant windstorm here in the Western New York area. We are watching the Buffalo news and hearing about what is going on. In addition, as I started typing, a plow went by. We are under a Winter Weather Advisory for Lake Effect Snow for 3 to 5 inches, though it might be hard to measure it with the wind.
This morning was unusual as both Pam and I preached. Pam preached at another local Wesleyan church, and I preached here. The Holy Spirit was evident in our service. After church, we went and celebrated Pam’s birthday – and by the time we got out – the wind had kicked up.
This past week, Pam and I got to go to our monthly leadership meeting in Buffalo. It was a great time and since Anna was off for mid-winter break, we took her along and went to Olive Garden and then went shopping. We had a great time.
Last night our community gathered with our local clergy association for a Chicken and Biscuit Benefit. It was a great time as we worked with the pastors and their spouses.
So that about wraps up the week. Hope you have a great week this week!
you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing; Send your
Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the
true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead
before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
27 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. 30 Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. 31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
32 “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! 34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.
35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
Luke 6:27-38 New Living Translation (NLT)
We continue our journey through the Gospel of Luke. This week’s passage picks up where we left off last week. Jesus is teaching to the crowd. In last week’s text, we looked at Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, and this week we pick up on a similar teaching. For us, these words cause us to gulp a little. Jesus is teaching on the Kingdom, but this teaching is not at all what we are used to – Jesus talks about going the extra mile – with our enemies – with those we don’t like.
Yesterday we were watching a video from The Gathering – which was a gathering of Wesleyan pastors in Orlando. John Maxwell was one of the speakers and I had forgotten about this set of lines: (I don’t have them exactly right)
God loves you
God loves me
God love people we don’t like! (ouch)
And it’s so true isn’t it. Jesus says that we are to love our enemies. He is our example – he did it for us.
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.
We were enemies of Jesus before we were saved – and Christ died to save us from death. Like I said, Jesus’ words go down tough – they are a tough piece of meat to chew on and yet, this is how we are to respond to those who have something against us. It’s not easy. Ultimately Jesus says, “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”
Jesus goes on to say that it is easy to love those who already love you. Why should you get credit for that. Sinners can do that. But to be a believer – to be a Christ-follower requires so much more. Jesus goes on to say that we should lend without expecting repayment. It’s not easy to give and not expect something in return – after all our whole economic system is set up that way.
Wow! that is some tough teaching and then as if all that wasn’t enough Jesus adds these words. “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give and you will receive.” I’m really not sure I can add anything to what Jesus has taught us in this passage. As I heard one of my professors say, “We are educated well beyond the level of our obedience.” My challenged is simply to put Jesus’ words in to practice. Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. Let’s walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
I’ve been listening to the Neal Morse Band lately. This song is part of the Similitude of a Dream project, which was inspired by “A Pilgrim’s Progress.” The song is Makes No Sense to Me and was appropriate during my run this morning.