As we gathered to run a few days ago, I listened as various members of our group offered advise or suggestions based on their experience. One was recommending a more stable shoe to improve form and prevent injury. Another was suggesting some helpful post run stretches to help with tight calf muscles. Yet another was sharing how hydrating prior to a run had helped to alleviate muscle cramps.
It 's one of the things I love about our group and the whole concept of community and living life together. We each have unique gifts and experiences, and when we come together to share them with one another, it makes us all better. Rather than each individual having to learn through trial and error and perhaps after an injury, discover the importance of a better shoe, our shared knowledge is a shortcut to discovery and growth.
It's the same in the body of Christ. When we come together, each one has unique gifts and experiences and when we share them with one another, we all benefit and grow. This is the message in 1 Peter 4:10.
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms" 1 Peter 4:10
Our gifts are not intended for our own exclusive use, but rather for the building up of others in the kingdom. After our run / walk, we had the opportunity to pray together. A couple people shared concerns and we were all able to support them in prayer; another gift we can both give and receive. This is how the body of Christ is called to operate.
I was reminded today how precious it is to have the support of our church family. I learned today of a co-worker whose wife had packed up with their young child and left while he was at work. As bad as that was, the worst part was that he had no close friends or family in the area to turn to for support. This is the world that we are called to love. Look for opportunities to use your God given gifts to show His love to others, both within your family and in the world.
You can find support and encouragement for your fitness goals and in your walk with Jesus with the Calvary Running Team. If you would like to join us this week we will meet on Wednesday at noon at the Springfield entrance to Pre's Trail (park at the corner of Aspen and D streets), on Saturday at Clearwater trail at 9 am and on Sunday we will meet at Clearwater trail at 5 pm.