"How's the Running Going?"1
"How's the running going, Curtis?"
It was a simple question. And it invited a simple answer.
"Great!" I could've said, responding succinctly.
Or, "Really well, actually, I'm running five days a week, three miles each day," if I wanted to give more details.
But I didn't respond with either of those statements, because the truth is, my running isn't really going at all. So instead, I said something like, "Oh, uh, it's going alright. Umm, you know, it's kinda tough to find time, sometimes, right?"
The question, "How's the running going?" came in response to a Pastor's Note I wrote weeks ago about trying new things. Running, for instance, and filling out our new bulletin tear-offs, which help us live into our new mission statement:
Inviting all people to grow into a Christ-centered life in God's family.
As I wrote weeks ago, the bulletin tear-offs
provide an opportunity for "all people" - everyone whom God has gathered for worship - to not only register their attendance in one of our two gatherings, it also provides a place for them to connect in ministry and mission.
In other words, the tear-offs value everyone, individually. They help us "invite all people."
And that question about my running highlights a second emphasis in our mission statement. Roy's question was an effort to keep me accountable in my new commitment.
We've decided on the phrase "grow into a Christ-centered life" as a summation of our Bible Studies, Small Groups, and Covenant Circles. None of us have it all figured out yet. We all need growth into Christ-likeness. But each of those activities helps us grow into a Christ-centered life.
If you aren't yet connected in a Bible Study, Small Group, or Covenant Circle, you're missing out! Contact Paul White, Associate Pastor, at and get plugged in, so that - together - we might fulfill the hope of the Apostle Paul, who wrote to the Colossians,
God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. (Colossians 1.27-28)
Then, we'll have better answers than I did when we're asked, "How's your walk with the Lord going?"
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Bob Burge Oct 24, 2016 @ 2:09 pm
A woman brought her boy to Gandhi and asked Gandhi to tell her boy to quit eating so much candy. Gandhi asked the woman to bring the boy back in three weeks. The woman brought the boy back at the appointed time, and Gandhi took him aside to admonish him gently that he should cut down on the sweets. The woman thanked Gandhi, but then asked "why did you have him come back after three weeks?" Gandhi: "Three weeks ago I was eating too many sweets myself."