I looked it up.
Only ½ of 1% of people in the world will ever complete a marathon.
Only 1.7% of Americans will complete a half marathon this year.
Only 2.7% of people in the USA will run a 5k this year.
If you’re in any of the categories above, or anyplace in between, "Congratulations!"
You’re doing something a vast majority of people never do.
Of course, most don’t desire to, they’re sane.
You however, you want something more.
Something more than sanity… adventure perhaps.
You’re pushing your mind, your body, and your emotions.
That’s a good thing.
You are blessed to be healthy enough to pursue your dream.
Wait… before you go, I have another thought.
What if we loved in a way only ½ if 1% of people do?
What would that be like?
What if we gave in a way only ½ of 1% of people give?
What would that feel like?
How would you train to love or give like that?
Would you have a training partner?
Who would you consult?
Whose books would you read?
I wonder where the proverbial “wall” would be in a race to love like that?
If you loved like that, who would be blessed besides you?
“Talk is cheap,” my high school Business Law Teacher, Tom Laquet, said, “it takes money to buy liquor.”
Of course he wasn’t talking about liquor.
He was talking about life.
He was talking about lacing up life’s shoes
And running down life’s road.
Today as I run
I’m going to think about Jesus.
I’ve been reading his book.
His training is pretty crazy.
“Come follow!” he says, and takes off down the road.
His journey is extraordinary, but he invites ordinary people to run it.
He helps a lot and will never run off and leave you.
His race, however, is not for the faint of heart.
There are hills and valleys and a cross involved.
But if you’re truly looking for something more than sanity and the illusion of security
He’s the guy to train with.
Don’t worry about time, he carries the clock.
A comment and a crown await those who finish the race.
A party is being planned at the finish line.
Man, what a party.
At some point today, before or after, or during your run
You’re going to have a chance to love like few ever do
It will hurt a little or a lot
It will be uphill most likely
Go ahead, love like that.
I'll see you at the finish line.
Run, baby, run!
34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:34-35)