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5k Every Day in the Month of May 2017 (Day 18)

Oh, glorious day!

This morning Jodi and I went out for a nice, easy 5k. And then I was done running for the day.

It was glorious.

We ran exactly 3.1 miles at a 10:07 per mile pace for a total run time of 31 minutes and 28 seconds. On my tired legs, having run at least a 5k every day for 382 days in a row, this run was exactly what I needed.

I still have a goal of running 70 miles this week, and I am still on track for that goal. In four days I have run 40.9 miles. I had banked a few extra miles earlier this week so that I could have an “easy” day, if needed.

It was needed.

Tomorrow I am planning something special. You’ll just have to wait around to see what it is…

For the daily Bible reading, I read earlier today, but also wanted to try something new. I have so thoroughly enjoyed the virtual conversation that has been generated through this blog, and I wanted to try a physical conversation of the same nature.

We had a Random Worship Night scheduled for tonight. Once a month I send out a text to some friends declaring the date of a “Random Worship Night” for anyone who can make it. We simply get together and worship God through singing, or praying together, or whatever. Tonight, we spent Random Worship Night reading through Luke 8-10 together and discussing what stood out to us after each chapter. It was really great. I loved the insight and perspective that people brought to the conversation!

For me, probably the biggest thing that stood out from today’s reading was the simplicity of the disciples asking questions. In Luke 8, Jesus tells the following parable:

And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” – Luke 8:4-8

I don’t necessarily think this is a hard parable to understand. I personally think it is a much harder truth to swallow. Nevertheless, the disciples did not understand the parable, and to their credit, they asked Jesus what it meant.

And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. – Luke 8:9-15

Sometimes we are afraid to ask questions, or to admit that we don’t know or understand something, but asking questions is the key to understanding!

Jesus has the answers, and he invites us to ask the questions that lead to the answers.

But you don’t have to take my word for it… Just ask James. He’ll tell you.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. – James 1:5-8

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  1. Sorry to have missed Random Worship Night. So wished we could’ve been there. Got my run in after Brayden’s ball game. Listening while getting ready in the morning.

  2. I had a good run. I’m not going to share my time or splits, even if I knew them, but I could feel the improvement. Actually even helped having my son show up on a golf cart hurling insults at me. We agreed that there aren’t to many people that can run as slow as me.
    In Luke 9:23 Jesus says “if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Does anyone else find this verse to be a huge challenge? I sure do.

    • Hahaha. Both Jodi and I laughed about your son hurling insults… You’re doing a great job! Way to go!

      Yes! I find that verse to be extremely challenging!

  3. Got my run in this morning with you. It sure felt like a hard one for me today even though you thought it was glorious. Yes, Jim. I find that verse to be a huge challenge too. Also Luke 9:62 where Jesus says, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” How often I get distracted and lose sight of what God is asking me to do or make excuses why I can’t do it.

  4. Got the 5k in today. I had tried a different route that gave me bigger hills and I ran at 4:17 and it was 82* but felt like 100*. It was hot.

    I’ve heard the story over and over but this time it made me think. There’s many times I’m like Martha where I’m being busy and try doing it on my own. Instead of being a Mary and listening. This was a great reminder and challenge.

  5. So we ended up walking our 5K today. Sheldon and I shared a car to work today, and with details the way they were, our car was 3.25 miles away by the end of the day. We knew we had to get our 5k in yet, so we thought that might be the perfect opportunity to get our 5k in on the way to our car and have a good evening walk and talk. In chapter 8, I thought it was very interesting that Luke included that there were women who joined Jesus in his journey. The Bible doesn’t often talk about women, so I thought it was quite interesting that it went into the detail that it did.

    • How fun! Way to use your circumstances to your advantage. Thanks for pointing out that Jesus had women joining him in his journey. Critics of the Bible often talk about how it is a “sexist” book, but that is just an ignorant statement. Jesus truly empowered women way beyond the cultural norm and spoke dignity into their lives when others would not. Yes, I believe that men and women have different roles, and serve in different capacities (I’m not planning to be a mother any time soon), but I believe that both are completely equal in value.

  6. I had a nice and easy 5K run around Kidron for day 18, and Randy ended up running all the way home from worship night! I think it was around 6 miles! Worship night was perfect and I loved reading and hearing it discussed last night. I long for that heavenly day when worship night goes on eternally! However, I’m trying to remember to not live too far in the past OR the future and be no earthly good!

    • I really enjoyed worship night, too. On the way home we drove as much of Randy’s route as we could before going out of our way to get home. We saw him in the distance when we were turning on to Carr Rd. Jodi and I said, “There he is!” out loud in the van. At the same time there was an Amish lady walking not far from our van and Piper said, “He’s that Amish lady?!” Haha. It was pretty priceless.

  7. We did both 3’s yesterday morning and again very early this morning. This has been a challenge for us, but there are also benefits in doing this! And teaming with all of you, reading your posts, has been a great inspiration and has kept us going. Thank you! Amy, I’m looking forward to that eternal praise too! (Do you think we’ll have pie?! 😜) I, too, appreciate the way Jesus empowered women. I enjoy reading about women in the Bible. They filled a wide variety of roles. It is especially encouraging that He still does that today!

  8. Put me down for 4 miles on this post and 3.1 miles on Friday. I wouldn’t normally run a 5K at 10 PM that evening before a 5K race in the morning but you pressured me into it with this challenge.
    In these chapters of Luke I feel like the different responses of the people observing miracles stands out. Some of them responded in fear and ask him to leave, some crowd even closer to him and begged him to heal people they know, some accused him of doing the miracles by the power of demons, so I’m get worked up over the day the miracle was performed on, and then some people see it for what it is…..a miracle performed by the Son of God and believe in Him.

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