Wow…what a novel concept…me actually posting a "Monday morning check in" on Monday 🙂
It’s official reprise:
I feel a little different today; after having had a couple days to let this whole marathon thing sink in. I registered for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on Friday and then ran six miles on Saturday. That ties my longest run since high school and you know something…I felt great. The first couple miles were tough as my body loosened up, but after that I felt myself getting strong and stronger. I don’t know how long that feeling will last for I have no idea where my "runners wall" is (The runners wall is the point where your body runs out of energy reserves; usually around the 18 -21 mile mark. A marathon is 26.2 miles). I am going to be running a 18.6 mile race this summer so we’ll see if I hit my wall then. In any case, so far I am having a great time and getting more and more excited about the marathon. My sister and mom left a comment for me at my last couple posts about running and they said they would be at the marathon cheering me on. That meant the world to me. Now I pray that God keeps me healthy enough to run this monster race.
Our church secretary, Vicki, is back in the office. She’s not going to be here all morning, but is back getting some stuff done. Vicki still has some more healing to do and strength to build back up again, but it is great to have her back…even if its only for a short time today. My life feels somewhat "normal" again. Praise God!!!
This verse from the first lesson text for this Sunday (Easter 6) has captured my attention today: "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously again your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." (1 Peter 3:15-16)
Questions to consider:
(1) Is Christ set apart, in your heart, as Lord or is their another lord in your heart (i.e. success, money, athletics, etc)?
(2) Are you prepared to give an answer for the hope that you have? Are you able to verbalize or live out this hope?
(3) Are you gentle and respectful when it comes to sharing the hope that you have? Are you patient with others?
I believe these three questions are ones many Christians struggle with. What do you think?