The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Marathon Week

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" (Heb.12:1).

Legend has it that the modern marathon commemorates the run of a Greek soldier named Pheidippides from a battlefield site in the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 BC. He ran approximately 25 miles with the news of a Greek victory, and Pheidippides delivered the message. "niki," which means victory. To complete the story, the legend says that he collapsed and died on the spot. When the modern Olympic games were inaugurated in Athens in 1896, the legend of Pheidippedes was rekindled with a 24.85 (40,000 meter) run from Marathon Bridge to the Olympic stadium. If you are a marathon buff and wonder about today's distance of 26 miles, 385 yards, (26.2 miles), the extra mileage was added at the 1908 Olympics in London so that the race would end in front of the royal family's viewing box. After much heated discussion, this distance was adopted and made official at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Any way you slice it, 26 miles is a long way to run. It would be interesting to apply the running of a marathon to the words in today's verse. The writer of the Book of Hebrews says "so let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..." I believe that the writer is telling us that life is a long-distance race rather than a sprint. There may be some hindrances along the way that may easily entangle us. In the marathon, a competitor may have to deal with wind, rain, or changes in terrain like hills. On a personal level, he or she have to deal with fatigue, cramping, or mental obstacles. Today's marathon races are filled with varying kids of people. There are the elite runners who are hoping to win. There are good runners who hope to establish a personal best time. Then there are the majority of runners, who hope to finish race. What everyone has in common is the feeling of euphoria one gets when crossing the finish line... The Lord expects all of us who have committed ourselves to the Christian race of life, to live it with a tenacious perseverance. It would be good for us to read and meditate upon 1 Cor.9:24-27... If you notice my title today, its marathon week and by no coincidence today is the running of the famous Boston Marathon. Expect more about our race this week...

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK (either random, routine, or righteous) Love mark Phil.4:11

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