On Sunday, early morning, I headed out to meet some friends from the gym to do a 5K run. Now I am not a runner, like my brother-in-law Garry, (the kind that run marathons 😩), but I have run my share on 5K´s. Anyway, I posted on my WhatsApp groups about a run and encouraged them to go.
The picture above is of the ones who signed up, 3 out of 50!? Not great, but good for non-runners. 💁🏼♀️
The pic was taken before the race. Two had signed up the for 3K, and me and the other lady for the 5K. I told them that whenever they wanted they could just walk. No one would come kick them out. Just give it a whirl I said. If they did 3 or 5 was also unimportant.
Well, 3 of us finished the 5K and they all jogged! No walking! And there was a long down hill, which meant an equally long uphill! But all 4 of us finished! They were extremely proud of themselves.
This particular race was supposedly a 5K, but the finish line was not at the 5K point! I was okay with my time, considering I did not train prior to the race. My goal was to encourage the others to join. They all said after, ¨ find another one, but this time let´s practice¨ With all the fun pics we took, other ladies want to join.
Everyone asked if I had won. Obviously not. But we had fun taking the pictures like we had won first, second and third place!
But there is a race that is much more important than the one we ran on Sunday... Hebrews 12:1
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
Like any race, whether 5K or marthon, the crowd of witnesses that watch and cheer, is encouraging. But it also reminds me that people are watching; may I run in such a way that others are encouraed to follow suit. The verse talks about throwing off things that hinder us. What are those things? I watched people in Sunday´s race, running with a loose backpack 🎒. Talk about a hinderance!
I encouaged my friends to join me in a 5K run, for fun and exercise. Am I encouraging others to ´run the most important race of life'? So that one day I can say, 'I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.' I don´t want to finish that race alone. I want others to join me.
As important as it is to prepare for a race, like a 5K or longer, how much more important is it to prepare daily fo the run of out lives! Let us encourage each other ... 'and all the more as we see the day approaching.'