I am reading a great book: Running with God: A personal journal with the maker of the universe (Berry Simpson, XULON). I encourage you to get a copy!
The chapter, I FINALLY GOT TO USE MY I.D., is funny and at the same time, has a solid message. His story caused me to think further about what spiritual lessons could be learned from his story.
Before I get into what I came up with I should explain (to you who do not know what ID Berry was talking about…* Road ID® USA’s #1 Source for Runners ID, Cycling ID…
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Ok – back to what I thought about after reading that chapter.
I visualized me needing such information if I was to get hurt running. Not so much as at a local or even a marathon (or Ultra) here in the great ‘U.S. of A.’ – but when I go to Kenya in October. This mission trip will not only bless me to be able to preach at the crusade, but also at a prison, orphanage, and a number of local town churches and local assembles. AND! I will be running a marathon (26.2 for Jesus) with the Kenyans! How neat is that! AND! The running shirts will have a picture of me from my book (HEADING TOWARD THE FINAL FINISH LINE). ONLY God could do such a mission trip like this for me!
What if I get hurt while separated from the group? This information in the form of an I.D. tag would be very helpful!
NOW I want you to know of a more important thought that came to my heart’s mind… It was a memory of a conversation that I had with Pastor Anthony Okello * He had read my blog – called me from Nairobi, Kenya – and shared that our Lord spoke to him about how to reach the local Kenyans’ with the Good News. This would be done with a RUNNING MESSAGE! How perfect is that! ~~ That important thought was this: I had to correct Pastor Anthony about calling me a ‘pastor’. He asked -“What will I call you? What will I have written on the posters about you?”
My answer is the same one YOU can use as you witness at a local race, or anywhere you share the Good News – when you give a testimony of how being Born Again changed your life!
I told him (a bit in jest) to introduce me as The Ambassador of the King of Kings! * “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as if God was making His appeal through us.” (NIV).. “We are Christ’s ambassadors. God is using us to speak to you: we beg you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, receives the love he offers you – be reconciled to God. (LBV) – 2 Corinthians 5:20)
ALWAYS REMEBER WHO YOU ARE!
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