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Heavy Lifting

If you are like me, you're usually ready and willing to help others in need, but not so eager to ask or admit that you might need help yourself. We use lots of excuses to explain why we are this way but it really boils down to pride. One of the many problems with not asking for or accepting help is that we rob others of the blessing that comes from lending a hand. Yesterday, I had agreed to move a piano for some friends. Several people offered to help, but each time I thanked them with the assurance that my boys and I could handle it. When the CRT finished out Sunday run, we were visiting and the topic came up again. Again I stated that there was no need for additional help, we could handle it. In spite of my objections, three people came along to help and I am SO glad they did! That piano was HEAVY! Without the additional help, there is no way we would have gotten it moved, and since I'm as stubborn as I am prideful, I would likely have tried anyway, leading to someone getting hurt. As I drove home, I reflected on what had transpired and I was reminded of one of the "one anothers" in the New Testament. Galatians 5:13 says that we are to "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." This is another of the instructions that describe how we, as the body of Christ are to interact. God didn't intend for us to navigate life as the Lone Ranger. He gave us the Holy Spirit and each other. When we carry loads together, whether they are physical or emotional, the load is lighter and we fulfill our purpose as part of the body. So here is the challenge for this week - part of our CRT training plan. This part of the training isn't physical though. This week look for opportunities to share the load with someone else. Either help them with their load or allow them to help you with yours. When you do, you will discover that you don't only share the load, you share the blessing as well. You can find others to share your load 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.

Fall Race Alert!: The CRT will be entering as many of our team as possible in the Ram Run on October 22 at 9 am at Alton Baker Park. The entry fee is $20 and you can register on line, just search for eclectic edge racing and Ram Run. They will have both 5k and 10K distances. Come out on the 22nd and let's represent the CRT well! I hope to see you out there this week. Have a great week!

Pastor John

Calvary Open Bible

1116 Centennial Blvd.

Springfield, OR. 97477

(541) 747-7125

Service Times:

1st Service - 8:45 

2nd Service - 10:30 (live streamed)