March 2020: Fitness and Life’s Race

A group of friends running together

Theme: New Year, New You

Scripture: Philippians 2:16, Hebrews 12:1, Galatians 5:7, 2 Timothy 4:7, Philippians 3:14, 1 Corinthians 9:24, Galatians 6:9

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

Philippians 3:13-14

Opener

How are you handling the “safer at home” order?

Thoughts

It’s hard to believe our lives have been turned upside down in a matter of a couple of short weeks. Just a few weeks ago, we were making Easter plans for Choir, not caring about whether we could get toilet paper, and easily heading outside to see friends.

There is no way around it – right now our lives are difficult. For some, you have been laid off from your jobs, others are being extra careful with your health, others are caring for parents, and then there is the matter of instant homeschooling parents.

As we discuss what it means “to be fit”, I do not want us to lose sight that we are all in a race until we are called heavenward.

We have a unique opportunity right now to be salt and light to our friends and family even though you have to do it with FaceTime or six feet apart from each other which if you are dating leaves plenty of room for the Holy Spirit.

Let’s see what scripture has to say on “running the race”.

Questions

  • What scares you about this time right now as we live in our new reality with COVID-19?
  • In Philippians 3:13-14, what do you think the author meant by “forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead”?
  • What holds you back from being fit – physically, spiritually, financially, emotionally, relationally? (Galatians 5:7)
  • Do you feel like you are in a marathon and not a sprint? Do you find yourself getting weary from doing good and not seeing the blessing? (Galatians 6:9)

Leading into my fortieth birthday, I decided to write a reflective history of all key moments in my life that laid the foundation for my forty years. I titled it “40 for 40”.

I wrote about my conversion to Christ at age five. My travel journey’s to Africa, Europe, and Canada with a Christian singing group at the age of seventeen.

Among many other stories, I reflected on my time as a cross country coach. For seven years, I coached a girl’s high school cross country team. Each year, we did a little better than the previous year.

The year we won our first championship in nearly a decade, our team verse was Philippians 3:14 – “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

The one thing that we realized as a team was that we had a goal to win a championship, but God was not going to hand it to us and it was not going to be easy. We had to work for it, and we encountered obstacle after obstacle; however, in the end, we won. We pressed on. We persevered.

Especially now, God sees each one of us. He sees the challenges we have, the struggles, the heartaches, and the blessings that are coming. He asks us to run the race to completion.

  • As you think about “running the race”, what are 2-3 things you can do to help you run the race to completion?
  • During this time, how will you continue to be fit?

Prayer

  • Children’s Leaders

Resources

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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