It's Long. . .but so is a Marathon

I went to bed last night and woke up this morning in a significant amount of pain. My knees are very sore. The weird part (for me): it is from running. If you know me, you know I do not like to run. The only incentive I had for running in high school was during rugby and that incentive was tackling the person with the ball. However, a little over a year ago, a friend of mine was inspired by someone we both know to be brave and daring. She prayed a bold prayer and cast a broad vision. Several months later she saw the benefits of her obedience to what could now be seen as God's call for her in a specific ministry; running a marathon to help people in India. 

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Running Water for the Living Water

 

I am slightly behind in my updating and I apologize for that but sometimes life is just too busy and unexpected to work out the way you plan. However, today is a new day and I am making time to put this down. 

This past Sunday I had an amazing privilege; I was part of a team of more than 20 people that took part in one way or another in the 2016 Aspire Harrisburg Marathon. Through the details, I had missed the deadline to sign up to run in a relay with others. What I did not miss though was the opportunity to be a part of that team. I went along as - you guessed it - the photographer.

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An Apology to Many

 

This is rather difficult to write. My heart is heavy and my mind is full. This election has tainted the moods of every American in one way or another. There is unrest and anger and hurt and fear. Politics are such a loaded topic. Writing about them, expressing an opinion regarding them can be terrifying. People seem to lose all tact, reason, and kindness during these months. But I pray that the outpouring of my heart will not be misunderstood as hate speech, nor as an easing of conscience, nor even as a farce or glossing over of real trials. Rather, I pray that these words will be as much of a challenge to anyone that reads them as they have been to me.  

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It's all About Perspective

 

Fear. A common emotion initiated by a vast number of stimuli. As humans, we fear many things. A simple google search can produce many of those fears easily.

Perfection. Ever since I was young, I have been meticulous. When working on projects, I would describe myself as a perfectionist. While I would not go as far as to say that perfectionism is an obsessive behavior, it can and sometimes does alter how I operate. As a perfectionist, I fear imperfection - that is to say, I fear to fail. Quick analyses show all the potential obstacles that I could run into during the process. In an attempt to work them out before I start (so as to avoid said problems), the task may take much longer than anticipated or in extreme cases it may never even start.

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I Deserve Assyria

 

I bet you are thinking that is such a random thing to say. But it is so true. For the last 19 months, I have been studying through the Old Testament. It is taking me a long time, but it is wonderful. Leviticus and Numbers were not my favorite books to slog through but I have a deeper appreciation for them. History is miserable but without it I would have no idea what happened back then or why. Kings and Chronicles can be wordy and boring at times but they are jammed full of great things. Then there are the exciting things; those prophet guys that speak to the people what God has said and shown them. Now those are the things I could (and do) read about more than once. 

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Healing in the Midst of Sorrow

 

There are seasons in life which will be difficult. Some of the difficulty of these seasons are multiplied by the unexpected nature with which they come. Over the past month, I have been convicted in the area of prayer. Initially, this conviction was spurred by my prayers for a young 5 year old boy fighting against leukemia. . .for the second time in his young life. 

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