AM I FAKE?
Running on my regular route last Saturday revealed something very interesting that made me ask the question…’am I fake?’ I just had to share my story with you today.
Last week Saturday as I took my regular running route, I discovered there were more runners than usual. There were not only runners, but cheer leaders (sort of) . As I looked closely, I realised park run was back. There were quite a number of people running with a few for park run.
As I ran through the crowd of witnesses on the side, they kept clapping for me and encouraging me to keep going. The more I heard the well done, the more I felt like stopping to say, ‘I’m sorry but I am not part of the park run crew. ‘ At the beginning, I just smiled, but on my return when the cheering got louder it felt unbearable. I thought, I owe these people the truth – though I also started justifying the fact that the cheering was for all runners and I was one.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The last stop for park runners had way too many people cheering me on to ignore. At this point, I felt too much of a fraud to just accept the cheering. So I shook my head a bit before I got to their finish line, and slowed down to say – sorry I’m not a park run participant. The guys looked puzzled but some still decided to clap for me of their own free will anyways. At least now they knew the truth!
As the cheering crew did their beautiful job of cheering on; I remembered the scripture that says
‘Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands. Let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back. Especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.’ Hebrews 12:1 (The NIV version)
The crowd watching and cheering is to ensure we strip off anything that slows us down and run the race before us in a way that will please the Lord.
As I finished my run on Saturday, I thanked God for the huge crowd of witnesses watching me from the grandstand of heaven and how they encourage me to live my life for Jesus every day.
And in the run of heaven, I am so grateful to God that I am not fake. I hope you are equally running your Christian race in line with what Jesus the chief judge will be pleased with.
Be blessed in Jesus name
Read my older blog post here