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Running Can Be Fun
July 10

Last Thursday I went for a run with 60,000 of my closest friends! It was the 50th anniversary of the Peachtree Road Race 10k and when Gina asked me if I wanted to run it with her, I said Why not? At the time I wasn’t thinking about the fact that I would have to wake up at 5:30 am to get there, that it would be so hot that the race would start under a yellow conditions warning (that would eventually become a red warning), and that half way through the race, you run up hill for almost a mile.  This all may sound like hell, and even though the weather may have felt like it, it was actually a lot of fun. It isn’t as much a race as an event. There isn’t an abundance of competition, but more a sense of community and support. The streets are lined with folks cheering you on, bands playing music, and people offering a variety of fluids to keep you going. Aside from the expected water, there was beer and nitro-cold-brew coffee shots to keep you going. I used to run, and I used to run well but that was many years and many pounds ago, so doing this was something out of my comfort-zone. It would’ve been easy to say no and stick with what I know and am comfortable with, but sometimes it’s good to step out and try something new.

Trying something new has not always been something “the church” does well. We tend to get comfortable (and not just churches) and when we are asked to change or try something different that can be met with a lot of resistance. (Ask me how many Lutherans it takes to change a light bulb.) But if we never try something new, how will we ever grow? If we never step out from what we know, how can we ever connect with folks who are different than us? Our church history is filled with individuals who stepped out in faith and were usually met with resistance; some were even killed for it. But if they hadn’t, there’s a good chance we may not know grace like we do, and we may not know unconditional love like we do. We are here because someone stepped out and tried something new. Is God asking that of us today? How will we respond?

I plan to run the Peachtree again next year, and not because I want to improve my time or my place, but because it was fun. Gina has run this race four times now and I could’ve easily let her ride down with our friends (again) and stay in bed, but I would’ve missed out on something that was really cool. Sometimes trying something new can be a good thing, sometimes it can lead to an entirely new experience, and sometimes it helps us grow in our faith. I guess sometimes running can be fun!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris

Last Published: July 10, 2019 4:45 PM