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Just Do It

Most everyone is familiar with the slogan that Nike uses. This week, like many of us during the Christmas season, I was considering the story of Jesus birth. More than ever before, what stood out to me was the response of Joseph and Mary to information they received from the angel of the Lord. When they were told of the plan for Jesus birth, even though it meant that they would endure a severe cultural stigma, they both responded in simple obedience. It would have been understandable if they had hesitated or questioned or even offered an alternative plan, but they just did as the angel instructed. Matthew 1:24 "When Joseph woke up, (from his dream), he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife." Luke 1:38 "I am the Lord's servant", Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." We have the advantage of knowing how the story turned out, but they had to rely entirely on faith. I don't think we can imagine how difficult that would have been for them to Just Do It, how impossible to explain to family and friends. And on top of all the cultural challenges, they then had to make the journey to Bethlehem at the end of Mary's pregnancy. This was an arduous trek, over 80 miles that likely took at least a week to complete. Yet, we don't find any record in scripture of grumbling, questioning or challenging what they had been told to do. As I considered this story once again, I've had to ask myself whether I would have the same kind of discipline, faith and dedication. I'm not sure I would, but I know that's the kind of character I want to have. And that's why we meet together, the Calvary Running Team and other community groups, to encourage one another and to spur one another on to deeper faith and greater discipline. It was a disciplined and focused group that met in the driving rain last Saturday at Weyerhauser road! They encouraged one another to complete a run or a walk in spite of the nasty weather and they all survived. If you would like to be a part of that kind of character development, join us for a run this week. On Wednesday we will meet at noon at the Springfield entrance to Pre's Trail. (the parking lot at the corner of Aspen and D streets). On Saturday we will meet at 9 am at Weyerhauser Road (Bob Straub Parkway and 57th Street) and on Sunday we will meet at 3 pm, at Clearwater trail.

Don't forget the Eugene Holiday Hustle Half Marathon, 10K and 5K will be held Saturday, December 19th beginning at 9:15 am. Several of us will be running. Wear your CRT shirt and represent our group. The cost for the 5K or 10K is $20 and the Half Marathon is $55.

Have a great week! Pastor John