Archive for May 13th, 2009

Lessons From The Run v2

In January, when I registered to run the Big Lake Half Marathon, I contacted a close friend of mine.  Jeff Cerow had been running for a while and had hinted at wanting to run a marathon at some point, so I knew that he was the one to connect with for a running partner.  One thing I knew right from the start is that I would have a hard time completing 13.1 miles on my own.  I knew that I would be able to do it but I also was keenly aware of the fact that it would be very difficult.j_krunning

We all need co-laborers to join with us to get the tasks done.  Jeff was more than just my running partner.  Jeff served as a constant encouragement.  He added a level of accountability to my running that I knew I would not have on my own.  By knowing that Jeff had registered to run I knew that I had someone counting on me being able to run the whole race.

As we began the race Jeff and I laughed and made comments to each other about how we were both feeling.  As the miles went on we spurred each other one to keep going.  I remember very well around mile 6 when I put my hand on Jeff’s shoulder and thanked him for doing the run with me.  I honestly don’t think I would have finished the run without his constant companionship on the road.

Gone are the days of solo ministry.  The team approach to ministry has been tested and proven to be the most effective model for ministry.  As we serve together we are encouraged, held accountable, and corrected when needed.  Scripture exhorts us to “spur one another on” and that is what happens when we are connected in a healthy team environment.  

The day of the race Jeff challenged me to go further than I thought I could, run faster than I thought I would be able to, and finish the race with my head held high.  The pride I felt as I crossed the finish line was not due to my personal glory – I won no award that day – but knowing that I was able to accomplish what I had was largely in part to Jeff running alongside me.    We all need partners who will keep us going when things get challenging, on the course of a road race or the course of life – we can’t go it alone.

Who do you have that spurs you on?