Why I Run

Sharing my "Why I Run" story with Team Kensington

Sharing my “Why I Run” story

I was recently asked to share why I run to our Team Kensington running group. I had sort of thought about it before but as I now get into the heart of the training and the recent events at the Boston Marathon, the reasons of why I run continue to evolve.

I think it would be easy for me to say that I’m running to “lose weight” or “get healthy” but those reasons began to change as my training over the last 7 months continued and my mileage increased. Now I view running as an opportunity to interact with others, encourage those who are new to it and intimidated by it, as well as be an example to my kids that being active and healthy is the right choice for their free time. For Team Kensington and the Hope Water Project, this is also about the Pokot people in Kenya who do not have access to clean drinking water and dedicating the miles and the hours to them in the “hope” of raising one million dollars for wells.

It is pretty interesting to see how this parallels to my faith. In the beginning, it was truly about me.

How can God help me?
How can God help me stop doing this?
How can God help me start doing that?
Will God be able to motivate me?

As I continued to grow (i.e. “train”) in my faith, I began to do more (i.e. “run farther” or “run faster”).

I would read the Bible.
I would pray daily.
I would serve on Sundays.
I would lead a small group.
I would run a marathon for the Pokot.

Now, my faith is more about serving others and finding opportunities to share it with others so they can understand what it means to be a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. My life verse is 1 Peter 3:15 and I think it clearly sums up what we are called to do:

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”

Hope. We strive for it, not only for ourselves but for others and if we are equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit to have hope then why aren’t we doing more to give hope to others?

That is why I run.

If you would like to help me reach my goal of $2,000 for the Pokot, please visit my Hope Water Project fundraising page by clicking HERE.

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Beautiful Unknown

I was going through my e-mail and came across a note from Kelly Rohner.  She has become a good friend and someone that I enjoy talking to every Sunday!  She runs the Early Childhood Room (3 – 5 year olds) at Kensington Community Church.  This is where 2 of my kids spend an hour each Sunday learning about God, the stories in the Bible and most importantly discovering their faith.  It’s an amazing environment that a lot of the Kensington kids get to experience and she does a fantastic job with it.

Kelly’s note was about a mission trip to Kenya that she’ll be going on later this summer.  She and a group of people from Kensington are heading to an orphanage in Kenya to do 2 things:

  1. Plant a community garden so the people in the community can grow their own crops and have a food supply available to them
  2. Install a solar powered irrigation system that will keep the garden watered even during periods of draught

More importantly, I wanted to share with you WHY she is going to Kenya on this trip.  With her permission, here is what she sent in her e-mail:

Now, why am I doing this? There are a lot of reasons, but I’ll share a couple of the big ones with you.  Over the past few years, I’ve really come to realize that life is about a whole lot more than just this little bubble that I live in.  Here I am in Rochester Hills, watching my flat screen TV, and complaining because my car doesn’t have air conditioning, when there are people out there who don’t even have access to enough water to keep them alive.  I’m ready to get out of my comfort zone and use the resources and gifts that I have been given to help some people who could really use it. But probably the biggest reason for going is that I really believe that God is calling me to go on this specific trip. I have a feeling that He is going to use this trip to do a lot more than any of us realize right now.

This really hit home for me as I read this.  I was reminded of the feelings I had at April’s Future Midwest Conference and Jay Adelson’s key note where he talked about taking steps outside our boundaries and “getting a little crazy”.  This is what Kelly is doing.

So this is where you can help.  Each person going on the trip needs to raise $3800.  This money covers everything from travel costs, to supplies for the garden, and some fun things for the kids.  Any amount that you are able to give is HUGELY appreciated. The easiest way to give is by CLICKING HERE, which allows you to donate electronically. Just don’t forget to select her name from the drop down menu. Your gift is 100% tax deductible, and you will receive a statement from Kensington.  If you’re able to make a contribution, please do so by July 11.

The final thing I wanted to leave you with is the following video.  This was shown at the Easter services at Kensington and hits at the heart of what Kelly mentioned above…where she wants to get out of her comfort zone and use her gifts and talents for others.  It’s 14 minutes long but worth the time.  The song, Beautiful Unknown, is from Danny Cox, Music Director at Kensington (super talented musician by the way).

Stepping out of our comfort zone is a step into the beautiful unknown.  Are you ready to take that step?