Adam’s Devotional – October 11-17, 2018

From Adam…

When I was in high school, I ran cross country.  I was not a very coordinated kid, but I could run fast in a single direction for an extended period of time. Coach Muckle was the basketball coach, but he also coached cross country in the off season (which is why all basketball players who weren’t playing football had to run cross country). I loved the way he coached.  In my opinion cross country is in the top 4 sports requiring a ridiculous amount of endurance (my top 4: swimming, wrestling, water polo, and cross country). Coach Muckle did all of our workouts with us. That’s right, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.  Sprints, middle distance, long distance, this 40+ year old man ran with us. And as he ran with us, he’d encourage us. No matter our speed, talent, success, or failure . . . that man encouraged us. For the four years I ran for Coach Muckle, we got either 1st or 2nd at the State Championship.  We were not better runners, but we had a better coach–a coach who knew what it was like to run that course because he’d run it next to us in practice. That’s what Jesus does, and that’s what we hope to do at First Pres.  Our youth mission statement calls adults to teach and train alongside youth in our church. We’re not supposed to run this race of life, this journey of our faith, this becoming more and more who God calls us to be, alone.  We are called to it together. Who has God called you to run with?  Who has God called you to coach? Who is coaching you? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.  
God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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