"Run With Me"

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By: Lynn Cowell

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10, “It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, but if there’s no one to help, tough!” (Message)


I can’t believe I did it. Somehow, I committed myself to running a half marathon with some friends. That’s 13.1 miles! How did I get myself into this? It is true that I enjoy running, but this is taking it all a bit far. See, for someone like myself who easily becomes bored with exercising, this is big!



Over the years, I have discovered something about myself that I am not too proud of. I am not highly motivated. When I run, if I am running alone, I stop to walk up the hills, but when I am running with a friend, I keep going. In fact, just this week I ran 8 miles without stopping! All because I had someone who ran with me.


My running habits look a lot like my faith habits. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says it all: "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall (or want to quit like me!), one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone with he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken" (NKJV).


I need friends. I need ones who will come along side me and encourage me to pursue Jesus. I need ones who will be honest with me and push me to grow. Maybe you, too, are like me. You also need a friend to come along side of you to encourage you to keep going, to push yourself up that spiritual hill and become stronger. If you already have that friend, let that friend know that you are counting on him or her to support you in this race you are running. If you don’t have that friend yet, ask the Lord to bring you a friend that will not only encourage you, but that you can encourage in return. You just might be the answer to someone’s prayer today.


Prayer:


Dear Lord, Thank You for always being beside as I run this race called life. Please help me to find another friend who will not only run along with me, but one that I can encourage as well. In Jesus’ Name. Amen


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Think About It:


Do I tend to want to give up in my run with Jesus when I hit a hill or am I the type who digs in and pushes on?


Do I have a friend in my life already to whom I need to be encouraging, even when it might feel a little weird to talk about our faith? Do I need to pray for a new friend?


Live It:


What are some practical ways that you can encourage your friends? Try one of the following:
  • Invite them to a Christian club at school or your youth group.
  • Ask them how you can pray for them.
  • Memorize a verse together that talks about something you are both struggling with.
  • Pray together for some mutual friends who need to know Jesus.


Tell Us About It:


Tell us about a friend of yours who is encouraging to you. What makes this person so special?


Power Verses:


Romans 12:10, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (NIV)


1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (NIV)


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