Today was just beautiful.
I could have used a little less wind in the early morning hours when Jodi and I went out for our daily 5k, but I’m not complaining. It was good to see the sun and to simply be amazed by God’s stunning creation.
After our morning run, I jumped on a Zoom call with Greg Stier in preparation for tomorrow’s #5kMay2020 Podcast episode. He will be sharing a bit from Matthew 9.
I wrapped up the Zoom call and drove to He Brews Coffee Shop in Shreve, OH to provide an hour of live-streamed live music. #GoodTimes! Performing at He Brews Coffee Shop and being live-streamed out to the world wide web also provided another epic opportunity for me to share the gospel. #Go2020
One of the first songs that I played was the brand new single, “Great Things You Have Done”, which I recorded with my family while on a “Stay-At-Home” order last month. We released a little “Lyric / Music Video” of the song this morning. It will also be available on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, and pretty much wherever you listen to music…
Daily Run: Jodi and I felt like our legs weighed roughly 1,000 lbs. each as we left the house early this morning to run our daily 5k. We were not feeling it. It is at times like this morning that I am super thankful for a group that is holding us accountable to getting our daily 5k. Otherwise it may be easier to just skip it…
We ran our 3.3 mile “Triangle Route” in 29 minutes and 46 seconds, which is an average pace of 9:01 per mile. Part of the reason that our legs felt so heavy could have something to do with this being 368 days in a row of doing at least a 5k every day (since May 1, 2019).
We very rarely feel this beat up two days in a row, so I am looking forward to going out and getting another 5k (or more) tomorrow.
Daily Bible Reading: In the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says…
“…do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”(Matthew 6:34, ESV)
I made the point in the daily podcast that this verse could be helpfully paraphrased for us as, “don’t worry about tomorrow’s 5k, for tomorrow’s 5k will bring its own worries. Today’s 5k is enough for today.”
I think that is super helpful advice. As we progress through the #5kMay2020 challenge, it can be easy to start thinking, “My, oh my! I have 29 days left! Yikes!” 29 more days of a 5k every day feels super daunting. It does to me, anyway. But one day… well, that is something I can do. I can do today’s 5k.
Earlier in today’s Bible reading, Jesus also said to “be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” That sounds impossible, right? God the Father has been eternally perfect. Every single moment of every single day, God the Father has been perfect. I will never be able to match that level of perfection.
But what about the next moment of my life? Is it possible for me to live a single sinless second? I think it is. For the entire last second of my life I didn’t lie, cheat, steal, kill, or covet.
I wonder if I could keep that going for two seconds… or three.
Could I keep this sinless streak going for 60 seconds? Could I live a single sinless minute?
I think I could. I’m already well on my way right now!
If I could live a single, sinless minute, why not two? And if two, why not three, or four, or five?
If I could string together five sinless minutes, what about ten, or twenty, or thirty?
What is the limit? Could I live a sinless hour? Or day? Or week? Or month? or Year?
What is the limit?
Living a sinless second sounds easy. Living a sinless year sounds impossible. But wouldn’t a sinless year simply be made up of many, many sinless seconds?
Here is the point… focusing on the entire year, or tomorrow, is silly. Jesus is calling us to live right now. He is challenging us to be perfect, or to be without sin, in this present moment. If we can focus on doing that in this moment, then it will become easier and easier for us to do it in the next moment.
That mentality is what will get us victoriously through #5kMay2020, and it is the exact same mentality that will cause us to be victorious in our spiritual lives-where winning really matters.