Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A marathon, a Bible verse, and a worship service!

Everything's ready for tomorrow. We made it to Springfield, MO before 4:00 PM and breezed through packet pick up pretty quickly. Some pretty hard core salespeople tried to turn me into a health food nut, do some voodoo on my back, and get me to buy a trip to Branson, but we managed to get away without being corrupted, adjusted, or tricked into listening to a three hour time share sales pitch. But that's the job those folks have, to try and convince us all that we NEED whatever it is they're selling.

Fortunately, I'm blessed to know what I need to get through this race, through this year, and through this life. What I need, and all I need, is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And from all I've seen and done today, there's no doubt that He is here and working in Springfield, MO through this event.

The TEAM 413 booth was the first vendor I noticed when I walked into the expo today. This is an awesome ministry run by Chris Gillespie, whose story you need to read about if you don't know. Chris bills TEAM 413 as the largest ministry in the world that targets the endurance racing community. At the pasta dinner tonight, we were blessed to see and eat with a TEAM 413 friend, Faye Hires and her husband Lester. She asked if I'd be attending the prayer at 6:15 in the expo building. When I said I would, I thought we were talking about a few TEAM 413 members getting together to say a prayer, but it looks to be much more than that even. Just saw a post on the Bass Pro Marathon Weekend's Facebook page that there will be a worship service at 6:15 tomorrow morning in the Sportsman's Lodge. Not just a few friends joining together for a small prayer, but a worship service! How awesome is that?!? A big event like this unafraid and unashamed to honor our Lord and Savior! Looking forward to this even more now! My bib number for tomorrow's race is 10. It's been a while, but I used to try to match Bible verses to my bib number in marathons and half marathons. So tonight, I thought I'd try to start that tradition back up. Looking to match that to a Bible verse to focus on tomorrow and this is what I found...
"that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth," ~ Philippians 2:10

If the Lord is willing, tomorrow I'll finish marathon #8. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that somehow this will be my accomplishment, that I somehow got here by my power. I need to remember that I can only run by God's grace and because of His mercy. If I make it to the finish line tomorrow, it will only be because it's His will. It won't be because of me, but because of His grace and mercy. I have to remember that, and remember to give Jesus Christ the credit for every step, every mile, and every finish.

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

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