Traveling on business gets old quickly and is rarely as fun as some may think. At the same time, I have to admit that it is enjoyable every once in a while when you get to go to a new location or have a chance to meet up with an old friend. That happened on a recent visit to Atlanta. I reached out to my friend Mike who invited me to join him at his Big Peach Running Store for their Tuesday night run. Little did I know this untimed, non-competitive weekly run on a very warm spring evening would include over 300 runners. It was an incredibly diverse crowd that was there for a common purpose… to run!
The fact that so many people can peacefully unite for something that helps motivate them as a whole and helps them become healthier as individuals is one of the many aspects about running that I truly love. The diversity observed at this run can be found at most major marathons or local races. However, I found this group to be special as there were no timing chips, no age place awards, and no entry fee.
I met many different runners that night in Suwanee, Georgia. They included new runners that had has just moved into the area and two amazing guys, Tommy and Rob, who have been running to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis(CF). Tommy Danger is a young man who has achieved some amazing accomplishments as a way to raise money for this devastating disease. His friend Rob helps manage their organization and shared with me their mission and goals moving forward. (Please click here to learn more about their organization More Than Just The Me Foundation)
Running and Faith
Recently I listened to a sermon from Alistair Begg who discussed how barbarians, former Jews, Greeks and pagans were all attracted to the early Christian church based on the commonality of people who came together. While the message that was preached played a key role, it was also how these individuals cared for one another and expressed God’s love in that community which initially drew these diverse groups to come together.
Unfortunately there are so many things that divide us as a society and in our faith today. While some focus on the divisive nature of certain religious groups, including some Christians, it is often the worship of money, politics, and other idols which many focus on and lose sight of what is truly important.
While running significantly falls short of fulfilling our spiritual needs, it does help bring people together for a common purpose that does transcend many of the issues that divide us as a society and world. I pray that you will have a similar experience as you run with others for fun or in races. If you do, be sure to use that opportunity to express and demonstrate just how wonderful Christ’s love can be.