As we enter the second month of 2012, I’m guessing that a number of you have already drafted out your 2012 race schedule. Most of you have likely already committed to your “A” race, and some of you may have your entire race calendar set. As a part of this, you have started to design your training, at least mentally: how it will be structured, where you’ll do it, and perhaps even who you’ll train with. Some have even made plans to acquire the “needed” (desired) gear for the season. Here’s my question though, “Have you planned your 2012 endurance ministry?”
While it is true that we are to seek the Lord today and not worry about tomorrow , trusting that He will guide our steps towards His perfect plan; we are called to be ready for what He may have in store for us. Being ready includes preparation and Holy Spirit-guided planning (that can be modified by the Lord at any time) . So, are you ready? Are you prepared? Have you asked the Lord to reveal His plan for your 2012 race season? Chances are He’s got much more on His mind than a new PR (personal record) or race-related accomplishment for you.
If you are unsure of God’s desire for you this coming season, I’ve got some good news. He has already revealed this to us through the Bible. “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” That’s it; at least that’s part of it. Have you thought about how you will carry this out in 2012 through endurance sports? Who will you commit to, inviting them to become/grow as a disciple? How will you intentionally invest in that relationship? What are you doing right now to build your base for what’s to come (i.e. forming relationships and preparing yourself to share about Jesus)?
There are likely many other questions that could be asked, but hopefully you get my point… this race season is not (just) about what you may be able to accomplish with a good plan and structured training. The Lord has given us a mission, and He may have something wonderful in mind for you that goes well beyond a 5K PR or Ironman finish… something with eternal value! Are you ready? Have you planned for this?
If we all do this together, we will accomplish FCA Endurance’s vision, “To see the endurance world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches.” God bless you as you do your part in carrying out this vision!
For God’s Glory,
Posted on Thu, February 2, 2012
by Chris Anderson