Before our training run this past Saturday, I gave my boys the usual instructions; stay in my sight and stay on the road. We were running on the old Weyerhaeuser haul road off Bob Straub Parkway. After a while, I noticed two of the boys veering to the side of the road, looking intently at something. As I approached, they commented about the pretty green vines with little white berries climbing up a tree near the roadside. I quickly warned them to stay back and not to touch because that pretty vine was Poison Oak. They continued to talk about it as they noticed more of the same vegetation along the road.
In spite of my warnings, they seemed drawn to the rash inducing plant. Since they had never personally experienced a Poison Oak rash, they seemed inclined to discount my warnings. I was reminded of a passage in 2 Timothy that speaks of ignoring sound teaching and even refers to "itching ears."
2 Timothy 4:3-4 "For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths."
How much better to heed the warnings of scripture and of wise teachers, than to ignore them and suffer the unnecessary consequences? This is another reason why we are called to "live life together". When we follow the One Another's from the New Testament like "Speak the truth to one another" (Ephesians 4:35) and "Seek after that which is good for one another" (1 Thessalonians 5:15) we can help each other avoid the "Poison Oak" awaiting those who venture off the roadside. When we live life together we are better positioned to warn one another of potential hazards.
Come join the CRT this week as we seek to support and encourage one another in fitness and in life. This week we will meet on Saturday at 8 am at the Weyerhaueser haul road (Bob Straub Parkway and 57th Street in Springfield) and Sunday we will meet at 5 pm. at Clearwater trail. Note the change of time for Sunday. Also, due to some scheduling conflicts, we will not meet to run on Wednesday this week.
Reminder: The Pacific Northwest Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K are just around the corner. If you haven't signed up, do so soon and come represent the Calvary Running Team with us.