It is Time to set the Chariots on Fire!

Can you remember the last time you heard me tell a story about something that happened at the gym? To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I told a story about something that happened at the gym. That is probably because I can’t remember the last time I went to the gym.

Two weeks ago, I packed a bag with the intention of going to the gym. I knew that I needed to get back to exercising regularly. Well, the bag was packed and it stayed packed for the whole week. That bag, packed with t-shirt, shorts and running shoes, rested comfortably behind the driver’s seat of my pickup truck with little or no chance of being used. It stayed there for a whole week with its contents unused until I carried it back into the house in order to repack it for my time at the Academy for Spiritual Formation this past week. Sad, I know, but true.

What is to be done? (I am glad that you asked.) Training starts tomorrow for the 2011 Wells Fargo Wheels and Heels Duathlon, which will be held April 9th on the campus of Johnson Bible College. This event is being sponsored by the Knoxville Leadership Foundation and Johnson Bible College. It will benefit 11 non-profit organizations in our community that provide services to those in need. One of those organizations is Family Promise of Knoxville. The event is set up so that participants get to choose the organization that benefits from their participation.

So here is the plan: I am going to run 5 kilometers, bike 18 kilometers, and then run 3 more kilometers. That may seem like a bit too much for someone as out of shape as I am, but when you convert those kilometers to miles it is only 3.1 miles, 11.1 miles, and 1.8 miles. Things are looking better already.

Nevertheless, I need help. There are a number of ways that you can join in the fun. Some of you already run, bike, or exercise in some way. You can be a part of the 2011 Ball Camp Baptist Church Duathlon Team by planning to run and bike the event, or you could plan to just run the 5k portion of the event. There will also be a 1-mile fun run/walk that you might want to participate in that day. There is something for almost everyone to do at this event regardless of your level of fitness.

You can also be a part of the 2011 Ball Camp Baptist Church Duathlon Team by helping Catherine Carter with the pledges.  That’s right — our team’s purpose is not just to get your out-of-shape pastor back in a regular exercise routine, but to raise needed operating funds for Family Promise of Knoxville. Catherine will need folks to help her solicit pledges, and folks to make them.

I would hope that we would all be a part of the team by praying for the important work that Family Promise does in our community.  Sheltering families who are experiencing a housing crisis is an amazing gift to give.  Receiving such a gift is a great blessing. It is a gift that touches both the giver and the receiver. Therein resides the power of Christ’s love. Whether we are giving it or receiving it, we are touched and transformed by it when it is shared among us.

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