(Based on information from FCA-E teammate "Dusty" Rhodes. Thanks, Dusty!)IronPrayer at Buffalo Springs near Lubbock, TX, on June 27 boasted about 35 people, many of whom are familiar faces in the Texas tri scene and at IronPrayer services.Said Dusty, “It was an absolute pleasure to meet Brad Seng and to hear his message (www.bradseng.com). It is always so cool to meet and hear from someone who is at the top of our sport but who has Christ as a priority. It helps those of us aspiring to greater athletic achievement to put things in perspective. If a professional who is that fast will put Christ ahead of results even though it is his living than how can I place triathlon higher than Christ in my life? And did I mention he is fast? Way cool to know a guy like that.”The encouraging message Dusty gave at the IronPrayer spoke about the joy of triathlon and of Christ. Focusing on joy tends to obliterate pre-race jitters, fear, and anxiety completely. As Christians we are left with No Fear! After all, doesn’t it say somewhere that “perfect love casts out fear?” (1 John 4:18)One athlete at IronPrayer said he had been looking for a way to use triathlon in his walk with God and asked about starting a huddle. Praise God for the way He’s using this ministry to further His Kingdom one life at a time.After the race, another athlete powerfully affirmed Dusty by telling him the following story: “He was on the run and had come off the last hill back into the lake. From there it is three miles to the finish. He was feeling poor and had slowed down when he looked up and noticed a small, empty cave on the canyon wall. He said that he thought about the message from IronPrayer and the cave reminded him of the empty tomb. He thought about the day racing with Christ and suddenly he was refreshed and picked up his pace! I had goose bumps as he told me his story.
"By the way,” Dusty continued, almost as an afterthought, “I had a good race. Not my best time but a very good race day. God gave us cool weather and rain. It was a very, very good weekend!”
To find out more about IronPrayer: www.fcaendurance.com/IronPrayer. Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! (Psalm 105:1)
Posted on Mon, August 10, 2009