While I’m certainly not ready to pull the plug on summer yet, the back-to-school ads and football commercials have reminded me that August is here. With this comes the anticipation of new seasons: school, sports, and weather (three cheers for cooler temperatures!). It also means that for us in the North, the endurance season is entering its later stages. With this comes an opportunity to capitalize on a season’s worth of training and racing. We’ve been ‘building our engines’ for months and it’s time to enjoy the fruits of our labor through some fast times! It’s also time to capitalize on another investment we’ve been making all season… our relationships!
It’s my hope that over the past few months you’ve been given a great opportunity to meet new people and strengthen friendships within the endurance community. Whether you’ve been running with a co-worker once a week, attending a local shop ride regularly, swimming with a masters group, or know the name of every staff member at your local gym; your time invested has prayerfully resulted in favorable relationships. Perhaps other relationships have been grown through shared experiences or friendly rivalries as you have competed with others during the past couple months. Hopefully, in some way, your time invested into training and racing has allowed you special favor in someone else’s life, whether with one person or a whole community.
As we start the month of August, here’s my question, “What are you going to do with these relationships, this favor you have been given in someone else’s life?” That may seem like an odd question, but perhaps reflecting on your relational goals and this season as a whole would help. Is your goal to be friendly or kind, to have another buddy or two, to be well-liked and popular, or to make disciples (Mt. 28:19-20)?
It is my prayer that you are living with an eternal perspective, and as we approach the later parts of this season, that you courageously invite others to move closer to God. Whether you share Jesus with them, invite them to church or to read the Bible with you, or something else that urges them to know our Father; I invite you to ‘cash in’ on the relational investment you’ve made this season.
As I encourage you all to leverage your influence, I want to be clear that this does not come from a heart of mechanical box-checking, legalism, or some sense of obligation. It is my prayer that in each of the possible relationships above, as well as the countless other scenarios that exist within our ministry team, you have a genuine love for those around you. It’s with this heart that we invite others to experience the most precious treasure we know… the Gospel message and love of our Father!
“’Don’t you say, ‘There are still four more months, then comes the harvest’? Listen to what I’m telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready for harvest. The reaper is already receiving pay and gathering fruit for eternal life, so the sower and reaper can rejoice together’” John 4:35-36.
For God's Glory!
Posted on Mon, August 6, 2012
by Chris Anderson