LET ME KNOW THAT YOU ARE STILL IN THE CHALLENGE! In preparation for the #5kMay2018 celebration, I want to know who is still with me. I also want to start thinking about the finishers T-Shirt. So if you are still with me, please respond to this blog post by answering the following questions (this is not the official questionnaire, but it will help me to be prepared for giving out the prizes at the end of the month):
- Have you faithfully ran or walked at least 3.1 miles every day so far in May?
- What size T-Shirt will you be wanting?
- Have you faithfully read at least 3 chapters of Scripture every day so far in May?
- Have you enjoyed the challenge?
We had 113 people officially signed up for #5kMay2018, so it will be interesting to see how many people are still going strong! Great job to everyone who has participated! Whether you made it to the end or not, I trust that the challenge has been good for you. It sure has been for me!
Today I ran 3.34 miles in 25 minutes and 13 seconds. I had an average pace of 7:32 per mile. It was just another nice mid-morning “Triangle Route” run.
Reading through Luke 20-22 today, I was struck again by the scene surrounding the arrest of Jesus. Judas betrayed Jesus, and the soldiers (along with the chief priests and the officers of the temple and the elders) had come out with Judas to the Mount of Olives to arrest Jesus.
And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. (Luke 22:49-51, ESV)
I am always amazed by how in control Jesus was during His arrest. The disciples were ready to fight! They had pulled their swords and were hacking away -even cutting off the ear of the servant of the high priest. But Jesus stopped them. He even healed the man whose ear had just been cut off!
Nothing was going to stop Jesus from going to the cross. Nothing was going to keep Him from suffering to pay for our sins! He had already battled His own desires through intense prayer, and He had fully submitted Himself to the will of the Father. Now with the cutting and hacking, He had one last chance to escape -but He stayed put. He told His disciples to stop fighting. He healed His enemy. He gave Himself up.
I want to be this committed to the will of the Father! It is so easy to fight for what we think is right for us. No one in their right mind wants to suffer -if you do, you seriously have psychological issues! That is not what is going on here. Jesus doesn’t want to suffer. He is willing to suffer. There is a big difference!
Am I willing to suffer for God?
I sure am thankful that He was willing to suffer for me!
*5k Every Day in the Month of May 2018 is brought to you by Jeff Polen Music and Vertical Runner of Wooster. If you are joining the fun, don’t forget about the Facebook group, the Strava group, and the printable PDF.