Earlier this year I completed my ninth marathon. I tell you this not to tell you that I am an amazing athlete, but because for most of my life I thought the idea of running was really dumb. The thought of having to run while dribbling a ball or chasing someone made sense to me but the thought of running just to run seemed pointless.
About 10 years ago, a friend of mine was turning 40 and decided to run his second IRONMAN and I decided I would run my first marathon. Somehow I finished that first race and fell in love with running. I think there are many parallels to the spiritual life and running.
When you are running a marathon, you are competing to finish. You are not racing against other people. You are trying for a PR (Personal Record). You are not trying to beat some other runner. When it comes to Lent, it’s not about outdoing your neighbor next door or comparing your journey to other people’s journeys.
It is often easy to compare ourselves to others, but how God wants to work in your life this Lent is going to be different than how he wants to work in my life. Keep focused on Him. Lents is about getting to the finish line and what an amazing finish line Easter is. God comes not just to die but to bring new life.
In today’s video, Jim Beckman (@JimImpact) talks about why Jesus had to die. Understand why, and you’ll understand Him better.
Quick Social Media Tip for Facebook today:
Try a story post today (separate from your video share post) where you share a story about how you’ve encountered Jesus in your life.
Ideas for sharing on Social Media today:
1. What can you use prayer for these last 2 weeks of Lent?
2. What did God come to save you from?
The YouTube link to share with your tweets today is https://youtu.be/xm3hUG-qdjo
Taking it Offline
- Pray in public today (i.e. Say grace before meals, read your bible on break, etc).
Do an act of charity for someone and try not to be noticed.
- Send one of the #ShareJesus videos to someone via text message.
Pray for continued opportunities to witness to Jesus in conversations with coworkers, classmates, friends, and family members.