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5k Every Day in the Month of May 2017 (Day 12)

Wow! It feels like a major accomplishment to be home. On Tuesday we traveled for an entire day to Iowa as a family. Five kids (ages 2-10) and 2 adults (ages old-enough-to-know-better) in a van and on the road for the entire day.


It actually went really well.

We spent two wonderful (and busy) days in Iowa. We met a lot of great, kind, wonderful people. We were treated to meals (and coffee) by amazing people and lovely families. We also had a chance to continue to build relationships with great people whom we love and deeply appreciate.

I spoke in the morning chapel service for two days at Iowa Mennonite School, met with a group of Pastors on Wednesday afternoon, put on a Worship Team training seminar on Thursday afternoon, and shared music and a message for the Wednesday and Thursday evening service at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church.

In the midst of all of this, Jodi and I were able to carve out time for our daily 5k. We were blessed to be able to stay with a beautiful family at their incredible farm house and the kids loved hanging out with the family, as well as riding on the John Deere Gator and playing with the cats.

This morning we woke up early, Jodi and I got our 5k in before the sun came up, and we spent the day in the faithful Ford Transit, slowly making our way through an unbelievable amount of traffic and construction to get back home.

It feels good to be back!

Our early morning 5k ended up being another 3.5 miles at an average pace of 10:05 for a total run time of 35 minutes and 32 seconds. Jodi is getting a lot stronger! It is fun watching her make a commitment and progressively get better along the way. Not every day is better, but that’s not really realistic, anyway. What IS realistic and fun to see is an overall trajectory of improvement.

Along with the 3.1 miles that we have committed to and accomplished this morning, I also read the 3 chapters that we have committed to reading. Today’s reading was Mark 6-8.

A lot of today’s reading was a repeat from Matthew, but from a slightly different perspective. However, the one line that really stuck out to me and I have been chewing on all day (while driving) was Mark 6:3.

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. -Mark 6:3

How sad that those who were closest to Jesus were unable to see him for who he truly was. How sad that they took offense at him.

He was not offering offense. He was offering truth, but the truth was translated in their hearts and minds as an offense. They TOOK offense at him.

I wonder how many times I have been guilty of taking offense when none was being offered. I know that it has certainly happened TO me. On many occasions I have offended people by speaking truth, when being offensive was nowhere near my intention.

Obviously it happened to Jesus, as well, so I guess that means I am in good company…



12 thoughts on “5k Every Day in the Month of May 2017 (Day 12) Leave a comment

  1. Glad your family made it back home. I’m sure it’s nice.

    I had my best 5k run since the beginning of the month. I had a 8:25 pace. I was pretty happy with that. Hope to be able to keep improving.
    It was interesting to me that when it talks about Jesus walking on the water that Peter is not in it. Specially since it’s believed that Mark based his writing on Peter’s preaching and writings. That was interesting to me.
    The other thing that stuck out is how Jesus was rejected in his home town. It’s not all the time but it seems like when your spreading the gospel or on a mission trip it’s always somewhere else. Nothing wrong with that but it made me wonder if this was what it was like for Jesus?

    • Good job! That’s a great run.

      I always think about Peter and the water walking thing when reading through Mark, too. I have decided that the most logical explanation is either (a) Peter was too humble to talk about himself (you see this a LOT from John in the Gospel of John), or (b) Peter was embarrassed about sinking. Of course, it could be a combination of the two -or many other factors could be in play. Either way, I also find that to be interesting.

      Thanks for sharing!

  2. 5K and our three chapters in! It was a rough morning for our run. It felt as if I had 20 pound weights on my legs, so we decided to slow it down a bit. Our time was 29:05 today (9:22 per mile).

    • Good job! I must have some of those 20 pound weights around here, too, because I have had MANY runs that feel that way! I especially hate it when I am feeling decent, but I look down at my watch after a mile and I am about a full minute slower than I thought… Mama always said there’d be days like this.

      Good job just getting it done! And smart thinking to just slow down a little bit (though for some people your “slow” is really fast!) Not every run has to be a PR, and I think it is important and helpful to mix in some slower runs. 5k Every Day in the Month of May is definitely an endurance challenge.

      Way to go!

  3. Welcome home bro! Poper took me out for 14 miles this morning, and as always, it was fantastic! I’m planning on getting my 5k+ in early tomorrow morning with…YOU!

  4. So glad you guys made it home. And glad you got your last Iowa run in without incident. I got my 5k in tonight. Feels good to be getting into better physical health. And also feels good to be growing spritually. Helps to have a challenging speaker in the area for a couple days.
    The verse that stuck out to me was the very last one 8:38. First of all, Jesus is coming back, that’s exciting. But he says that if I’m ashamed of him he will be ashamed of me when he returns. Would God be ashamed of me today? If so, what am I going to do about it?

  5. Adios Day 12! You were a challenge both mentally and physically and I’m glad you’re over! I got it done on the treadmill in 28:41 with a 9:13 pace. Randy ran too but I don’t have his time.

    I was struck by the part where it said that Jesus was about to “pass them by” on the boat. I looked it up and one article gave references to God passing by Moses and Elijah and revealing Himself more to them in the passing by. I wondered if that was what Mark was trying to portray – that Jesus was not necessarily passing by them but instead revealing more about Himself to His disciples for them to learn to trust Him more?? The other part that made me think was where Jesus said it’s not what goes in a person that defiles them (food), but what comes out (thoughts, words, actions). Wow – are there ever times when I defile myself with my thoughts, words and actions, especially towards the people I most love. Yuck! Convicted.

    • Good insight and good challenge!

      I’m glad that you were able to overcome the physical and mental challenge of day 12. Tomorrow is another day!! Way to keep up the good work!

  6. Got both in today while on the treadmill. I haven’t used the narration to my Bible app kind of nice to hear as I was running.

  7. I had a good run/walk for day 12. God always has something to bless be with. This time it was a rabbit along the trail. I always enjoy nature.
    Jesus walking on the water, epic read. And I agree with you on Mark 6. In our world today it don’t take much to offend someone, sadly even in the church. I’ve been guilty many times of being offended, when I was actually convicted.
    This challenge has been great for me in many ways, thanks for encouraging us to do it!

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