Have you ever been to the point of thirst when your throat is dry, your lips are parched, your body no longer perspires?
This weekend I begin my “serious” training for the 2018 Kansas City Marathon. I look at the schedule I have laid out and am overwhelmed. How am I going to get from where I am now, both physically and mentally, to that desired finish line? It is apparent we are going to have a long hot and humid summer and I have several schedule changes to plan around— “it” is not an ideal training situation!
As always, God reminded me that “it” is not about “me”! “It” is about serving Him and His children…His people!
I have joined a team from our church for this race and I am confident that with the encouragement and support of these people we will join hands at the finish line! I am not only looking forward to training with them over the next 18 weeks, but also the relationships we develop.
But it is not about me…
Our team supports the organization World Vision. Their mission statement begins with, “World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.”
Specifically, for the KC Marathon, we are running to provide safe drinking water and more importantly safe drinking water systems that do not require a child to walk 10 miles to get a jug of water.
This cause touched my heart deeply when I remembered the words of Jesus, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” (Matthew 25:35) Jesus is telling us that the love and treatment we show others is a direct reflection of how we love and treat Him.
During a marathon, water is essential—I will not miss an aid station! In our daily lives, water is essential. Most of us are fortunate enough to take that for granted—get the chilled bottle out of the refrigerator or do it the old-fashioned way and turn on the faucet. But the reality is that there are many who do not have these options. They either go without or they drink water that we would not give to a farm animal. Or they trust in the generosity of others to help provide the life-sustaining fluid.
I have said “yes” to taking the over 30,000 steps to complete the marathon. Are you willing to say “yes” with a donation to provide a child a safe drink of water? Are you willing to say “yes” to showing love and humanitarian treatment to those in the worst of conditions?
$50 provides a lifetime of safe water for one person; I am dedicating each mile of the 26.2 mile race to doing that for a person. Thus, my goal is $1,310. Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated. If you are willing to join this team, please follow the below link.
Thank you for your consideration of providing a hand-up. We may never know the impact we have on a person’s life, but when we are faithful and obedient we are assured we have had an impact on a person’s life!