The Walt Disney World Half Marathon is Saturday, January 9, 2010. I’m registered. That’s 13.1 miles. Of running. [Yes, I am a little scared.]
Why would I do such a thing? Well . . . I felt cornered. You see, I was sensing God’s lead to stretch my small bounds of discipline and discomfort. Running was the training ground, not only for my body, but also for my mind, heart, and will. When it comes to running, there is no doubt: I need God.
So I set my goal on something that seemed unobtainable and for which I would have no option but to depend on God’s strength and help. A half marathon fit that description. So I registered for the Disney race, trusting that Disney characters and “It’s a Small World” would help me forget that I am running for two-plus hours. Then I started shuffling about more consistently (otherwise known as training). And God helped me overcome some major mental blocks that had previously prevented me from running more than 20 minutes at a time.
Then a friend (hey, Shannon!) told me of Active:Water, an organization that helps athletes use their disciplined efforts to raise money for Blood:Water Mission to combat the water crisis in Africa. Mike and I love the work being done by Blood:Water; I couldn’t turn away from the opportunity to help them help others.
All donations* go toward clean water efforts at Blood:Water Mission. Will you help? See my fund-raising page at Active:Water. And please pass the word!
*Please Note: Active:Water is in the process of filing for 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, which should be approved in the 2010 tax year. Donations given in the 2009 year are not likely to be tax deductible, so if you would like to ensure a tax-deductible donation, please wait to give until January 1, 2010. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!