Quite Possibly The Best Lunch EVER!

I admit it, I’m a pretty routine person. I do many of the same things everyday. I pray. I run. I read my Bible. I parent. I work. I support my wife. All good things. Yet, sometimes routine needs to be changed up.

I’ve heard many experienced runners say, “Run a different route”. I’ve heard accomplished speakers encourage the audience to, “Turn left, instead of going right.” So, recently, I decided to break my everyday routine, and did something out of the norm.

For no reason whatsoever, I decided to grill some sausages…at 11:45am. Yep! I lit the grill for lunch.

First of all, they were delicious! And yes, every member of my house said, “You just grilled these?” “YES!” I said with enthusiasm. “I needed a change to my day. I’m kind of tired of being so routine.”

If you, like me, feel like you do the same thing, every single day, try something different. It is actually fun to mix things up. Run on a trail. Have breakfast for dinner. Make microwave smores. You get the idea. Just break the routine!

Oh, and don’t worry, God NEVER changes! “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

I’d love to hear about your “routine breaking moments!” Drop yours in the comments below.

Have lunch on the grill. Go make a difference. Always run by faith.

The Importance Of Listening To That Still Small Voice

Ever have that moment when someone pops into your mind completely out the blue? It happend to me just the other day.

I have no idea why, but a friend popped into my mind. Whenever that happens, I try to send a quick message and just touch base. It is a good thing that I did.

My friend, unbeknownst to me, is in the process of making a very difficult decision. I’m not going to go into detail, but I will say that this friend was super grateful to know that someone was reaching out. (I don’t take credit for this. This was all God)

It did get me thinking, how many times do we ignore the still small voice, and just blow it off? What if I didn’t reach out at just that moment?

I encourage you to not only listen for the still small voice, which I believe is the nudge from God, but act on it!

If you have a time in which you acted on “the nudge”, or someone reached out to you after getting “the nudge”, let me know in the comments below.

Listen for “the nudge”. Go make a difference. Always run by faith!

Running IS Universal

Happy global running day! A day that is worthy to be celebrated.

On my run this morning, while at a conference, I snapped this picture to commorate the day.

It seemed fitting, since running is a universal thing!!

I’d love to see a pic of something you spotted on your run today. Please share it in the comments below.

Celebrate your health. Go make a difference. Always Run By Faith!

Make Memorial Day, Memorable

This Memorial Day weekend, I spent a wonderful time in Traverse City, Michigan. I went there to run the Bayshore Half Marathon, but left with more than a medal. I left with wonderful, lifelong memories.

Ah! The feeling of the post race!

Because I am an early riser, I went and ran along the shores of Grand Traverse Bay as the sun was making its way into the day. I love a sunrise!

After i finished my morning run, I walked the shoreline, and came across this interesting little spot by a tree. It appears to be a memorial to someone.

Someone was remebering someone. Perhaps, marking an occasion. Whatever it was, it was their way of “remebering”. How fitting for Memorial Day Weekend, huh?

I love the story in the Bible in Joshua 4, where God commands the Israelites to cross the Jordan River, which he miraculously stopped. Afterwards Joshua built a monument made of stones to remind the people of God’s love and miraculous victory.

My challenge for you is this, “If today, you could build a memorial to remember someone, or something significant in your life, what would it be?” And, more importantly, why?

Would it be a memorial to remember the day you quit your addiction? A landmark to commorate a special occasion? This is not a trick question, it is just something between you and God.

Make Memorial Day, memorable. Go make a difference. Always run by faith.

This P.F.A.S. Is Good For You!

What do you do when you lose something of importance? When you’re in a tough situation, what is your first response? If you answered  worry, start stessing, or anything similar, this blog is for YOU!

A few years ago, I heard a Pastor say that anytime we are in need, skip worrying. Stop looking everywhere. Simply stop and pray about it. Yes, we should pray first, act second. An easy way to remember this: P.F.A.S. (Pray first, act second)

While praying is not the first thing that comes to our mind when we have an immediate need, I am learning daily that it does work!

Just this weekend, I was missing my headphones. (I have to have music while I’m out for a run). I spent a few minutes retracing my steps from the night before. I put them somewhere. I checked several rooms, and couldn’t find them. Aftet several minutes, I stopped, prayed for wisdom as to where they were, and kept looking. Within moments I found them! Guess where they were? I feel asleep with them on, and they were wrapped in the blankets. I would’ve never looked there. Oh the power of PFAS!

I love how The Passion Translation puts the power of prayer, “Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 TPT

Here is my challenge. The next time you find yourself in need, PFAS. All it takes is a few moments of your time. Pray first. Act second. Give it a try.

I’d love to hear your PFAS stories! Your story might encourage someone else to try praying. God is listening, and He loves you! (Post your comments below)

PFAS. Go make a difference. Always run by faith!

Winter: The Longest Ever?

Spring. The promise of a new season. Birds begin to sing. Grass goes from dead, to living. It is the start of something new.

Easter. The promise of a new hope. People begin to sing. Jesus went from dead, to living.  He is the start of something new.

Are you in a “season of winter?” Have you been praying for the birds to sing? For the “grass to green?” To run on dry sidewalks? What in your life needs the reminder that Spring does come? 

Trust that Jesus will walk you through the valley of the shadow of death. He’s been there. He knows a thing about death. He knows a thing about new LIFE! He knows a lot about making All Things New!

Winer ends. Go make a difference. Always run by faith.

Would Judas Have Been Forgiven?

Judas. That name is synonymous with betrayal. Judas, a disciple of Jesus, is the one who betrayed his friend, Jesus, with a kiss, and 30 pieces of silver. While the silver might have brought him immediate satisfaction, the weight and severity of what he did was heavy on his heart.

“When Judas, who had betrayed Jesus, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”

“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself” (Matt 27:3-5)

Judas made the biggest mistake of his life. He was so distraught with guilt, and filled with so much shame, that he took his own life.

But, imagine for a moment, if he didn’t. What could’ve become of his life?

What if, after he threw the money back to the chief priests, he ran back to the rest of the disciples and said, “I cannot believe what I just did. I betrayed our Lord!”

I imagine Peter saying, “Judas, I did too. 3 times I said, “I don’t know him.  I wept bitterly for denying our Lord.”

I also picture another disciple saying, “Me too. I ran, and hid, due to fear!”

And over by the trees, 9 other disciples are huddled up, shaking their heads, and wiping tears from their eyes, because they betrayed him, too.

Judas wasn’t the only one who betrayed Jesus.

Those next few days would’ve been very dark. Not only for Judas, but for all of the disciples, too. They all dealt with shame, guilt, and denying they ever knew Jesus.

The difference? Judas took his own life. He couldn’t take the heaviness and the weight of it all.

Days after the resurrection, Jesus appeared to Peter, and three times reiterated his love for him. Why three times? Because Peter denied Jesus three times. Peter then went on to help change the world!

I wonder, if Judas hadn’t taken his own life, what that first encounter with the risen Savior might’ve been like?

“Judas. My friend, I love you. I forgive you. Now, go tell others that despite any mistake you have made, you are loved! I died for you. I would do it again. You have a future. You have a hope. You have forgiveness.”

Judas robbed himself of experiencing the same grace Peter received from Jesus. Today, I tell you friend, Jesus offers grace to YOU!

If you feel hopeless, because of something you did, Jesus stretched out his arms for you, and said, “I love you.”

Today, I encourage you, seek Jesus. He will restore you. He will give you hope. He loves you.

Forgiveness awaits. Go make a difference. Always run by faith.

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One Simple Step To Become A Better Person

For many years, I coached many different sports. Basketball. Baseball. Soccer. Football, Cross Country. Even Bowling. Every year I had a common theme, some kids were set in their ways, and some kids loved to be “coached”.

What I mean by, “love to be coached”, is the ability to take what a coach says, and apply it to their life. The students that were coachable, were always wanting to learn to grow. A few students would come up to me after practice and say, “What should I work on, coach?” That isn’t an easy thing to do. They had to be willing to push their ego aside, and embrace the constructive criticism.

On the other hand, the students who thought they knew it all; who never wanted any coaching, always got in their own way. No matter what advice I’d share, I was met with resistance.

Proverbs 25:12 (TPT) says, “When you humbly receive wise correction, it adorns your life with beauty and makes you a better person.”

This is one of the things I love about my group of running friends. We learn from each other. There are no egos.

Advice I’ve been given includes, “You run a little tight. Swing your arms more.” And, “Remember to pick up your knees when you run.” I could easily say, “Hey, I’ve been running for over 10 years. I think I’ve got it.” I am SO glad I haven’t taken that approach. Those words, spoken by my true friends, have made me better.

When it comes to constructive criticism, or coaching, will you receive it? Or, reject it?

Be coachable. Go make a difference. Always run by faith!

Is It Time To Become A Vegetarian?

I love food! Especially a good meal of meat and potatoes. (Yes, this can be burgers and fries!) But, there might be a time in which an adjustment will be made to eating only veggies. Let me explain.

Would you rather have a meal with meat and potatoes and sit with people who are full of hate? Or, enjoy a meal of with veggies and be surrounded by love and grace? Interesting question, huh?

It’s much better to have a meal of vegetables surrounded with love and grace than a steak where there is hate.

Proverbs 15:17

I’m immediately whisked back in time to the lunchroom in middle school. It was there that I was bullied. Often times, I sat with only a few friends. Yet, those friends loved me for who I was.

Sure, there were bigger tables with bigger friend groups, and they always acted like they had it better than the rest of us. Basically, they were at a table filled with steak. Yet, their main course consisted of name calling, shooting paper wads, with a side of popped-collars. Some legacy, huh?

Me? I sat at a smaller table, with a smaller friend group. But we had laughter. We had joy. We had love and grace! A smorgasbord of the finest veggies!

I do plan to stick to meals filled with meats and potatoes. However, it is best to always have a well balanced meal. “Excuse me? Can you please pass the veggie tray?”

Eat veggies. Go make a difference. Always Run by Faith.

I Can’t Believe What He Said About His Wife

By now, you know how much I love running. It has been a passion of mine for almost 10 years. At first, it was for the exercise. But, that has changed a bit. Now, it’s for the exercise, and the community of people.

Recently, I ran 5 miles with a new friend, Ryan. We had a wonderful chat about everything from running, to family, to faith. (The miles go by so much faster when you’re having a great chat).

I mentioned to Ryan that I have been reading, and studying, the book of Proverbs in the Bible. Proverbs aims to teach Biblical wisdom. Who doesn’t need a little more wisdom, right? I shared that in Proverbs 5, it talks about avoiding promiscuity, and the slippery road it can take you down.

Ryan then shared with me something that he overheard at the gym. He was near 2 guys that were bashing their wives. Things like, “yeah the old lady…” and, “I wish that she…”, and other demoralizing things they were laughing about.

Well, Ryan couldn’t take it anymore. He spoke up. “I’m so sorry your marriage is so bad. You know, I love my wife. She is my best friend, and I cannot wait to get home everyday to see her.” At that moment, those 2 gentleman sat in silence. Until one of them said, “Well, we were just kidding, we don’t really feel that way…”. But, the damage had already been done. That was the life-long impression they left with Ryan. Isn’t that sad?

Like Ryan, I look forward to walking in to my house and seeing Patty, my best friend, everyday. We haven’t always had an easy road, but with God’s guidance, it has been so worth it.

How do you speak about your spouse, or significant other, when they aren’t around? If someone overheard your “spouse” conversation, what would they think?

Be wise. Brag on your spouse. Always run by faith.