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By all means…(even the iphone)

‘Be all things to all men’.  That was the Apostle Paul’s recipe for communicating the good news of Jesus Christ.

At CCK we take engagement with our City very seriously.  The Brighton Marathon  is one example where we will be cancelling our two morning services and marshalling the event using 300 of our members.  This is how we build permissions and bridges for communicating the gospel.

Here’s another.  This one, however, has a global reach……we are about to submit an ‘app’, and the media have cottoned on to us!


New runners…

There’s nowt better than taking a run in your new set of running shoes for the first time! (well ok, that’s just me then!).  When you’ve done the miles in your current pair it seriously feels like you’ve put on your slippers in public….it’s great!  However, the hardest part of any run is putting your shorts on……..honestly!

But running does have benefits. You can eat what you like (more or less), you strengthen your heart muscles (good, I think), you will lose weight and tone up (a very good thing), and you may even get spotted by someone who knows you and they shout/hoot at you!  This is particularly enjoyable, but not great for your levels of pride. If you’re like me, you will spend the next few minutes crushing pride (the root of all sin)…..but it makes the time go quicker. Great to be caught keeping fit though! (doh, pride again!).

But by far and above the best thing about running is the time you get to think, pray, and generally suss out the planet etc.  I havent tried running with my ipod yet, and no doubt that will take me into a new dimension of redeeming time, but for now I’m just enjoying the cobweb-clearing experience it affords me.  And what better place to live than Brighton, squashed between the sea and the Downs (both perpetually stunning)…a runners paradise.

A bunch of us at CCK have registered for the first Brighton Marathon next April (see the Facebook group), so I wont be alone in pounding the locality between now and then.  It gets me thinking about all sorts when I run.  It’s a time for review, and a time for planning.  Both of which you must find time for.

Here are some other things that come to mind.  The joy is not actually in the running, it is in the completion of the course.  The sense of elation and achievement is enormous.  There’s another course (of course), the one that my God has laid out for me.  When I consider things with this perspective, I want to know the answers to these questions:
Do I know with certainty what my course is?  If not, how can I find it?  What stuff (sin, idolatry) do I allow to divert me from my race?  Who knows about my struggles?  Who am I influencing in the way I run my race?

The writer of Hebrews nails it for us in 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

Perhaps it’s not so bad getting caught running well afterall……