Running Hard After God

I’m a runner.

I run for the love of running, for the benefits, to keep off weight, to manage stress and to enjoy being out of doors. I run alone and in groups. I run on the trails, sidewalks, city streets and country roads. I try to run every other day and usually put in about 25 miles in a week. Hot, cold, rain, snow…I enjoy them all. Some days I love it and some days I hate it. I’ve had sprains, strains and soreness, been hit by cars and bitten by dogs. Sometimes I feel like I could run forever and other times struggle to put one foot in front of the other. Occasionally I run in races but I’m not particularly fast by any means so I usually finish in the middle of the pack. Most of the time I simply run because I can.

Life can be a lot like running. Some days everything is working just great and other days are a struggle. Sometimes life feels like a race and other days a jog in the park. So is our relationship with God. Because if we’re honest with ourselves, it sometimes seems as if He is running right beside us and other times it feels as if we’re running all by ourselves and the race will never end.

Life’s journey, or run, wasn’t meant to be taken alone or without help. In the fall series I hope to help you run with more strength and stamina than ever before as we grow in the grace God has for those who will run with Him. More than chasing after God this series is designed to help you experience God in your life, chasing after you and ultimately running with you. Run with Him and know Him. Know Him, more than a religious or philosophical concept, more than a doctrine, more than a lawgiver or more than a force. To actually experience God in our everyday lives.

Through our practicing the very practical spiritual disciplines of prayer, fellowship, repentance as found in Psalms that help us know Him and live in His presence. And by cooperating with the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives as found in the book of Romans. In other words, really good stuff for life’s race.

Rational, relevant and relational truth to empower you to live and run as Isaiah said, “…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” This series is another one that would be ideal to invite your friends, relative, associates and neighbors to discover how they too might run hard after God!

Think about it.

See you Sunday,

Tom

Running Man

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