The Unnamed Leader

    • When: 08/14/18
    • QIC: Polymer
    • The PAX: The Riddler, Ryder, PCH, The Big Fundamental, Sandlot, Simba, HoneyPot, Jester

The route for this morning was to follow Herlong west to the hospital. After making a loop around the hospital, we went south on Ebenezer to Oakland. We then took a left on Cherry and another left by Earth Fare. Continuing on to Westminster Presbyterian, we headed back to India Hook and up the hill to the AO. The distance was just under 5 miles.

There was plenty of mumble-chatter and the 6 was repeatedly checked-on. I can personally vouch for that seeing as I spent the majority of the run as the 6.

Back at the AO, I shared a short thought on leadership from Luke 5:17-26.

On one of those days while He was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea, and also from Jerusalem. And the Lord’s power to heal was in Him. Just then some men came, carrying on a mat a man who was paralyzed. They tried to bring him in and set him down before Him. Since they could not find a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the mat through the roof tiles into the middle of the crowd before Jesus.
Seeing their faith He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”
Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to think: “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone? ”
But perceiving their thoughts, Jesus replied to them, “Why are you thinking this in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — He told the paralyzed man, “I tell you: Get up, pick up your mat, and go home.”
Immediately he got up before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God. Then everyone was astounded, and they were giving glory to God. And they were filled with awe and said, “We have seen incredible things today! ”
Normally when we hear this passage referred to, we are looking at Jesus’ interaction with the Pharisees, but I focused on the men who were friends with the crippled man. Out of those 4 men, there probably was at least one who was friends enough to believe Jesus could heal, but when they saw the crowd and that it wouldn’t be easy, was ready to give up. And there was at least one friend who pushed the others on – one who believed and was willing to do whatever it took to get their friend to Jesus. This was the friend that didn’t see problems, only opportunities. This is the friend who went the extra mile to go to the roof and dig a hole because he had a cause that was bigger than him. This was the man that Jesus refers to in verse 20 when scripture says “Seeing THEIR faith…” You see it wasn’t the faith of the crippled man that moved Jesus to compassion but the friends.
Thankfully, F3 is made up of men just like that. Men that will go the extra mile for a friend. Men that will wake up early and do a pre-run just to get in some Whetstone time. Men that will pray, donate money, cut grass, and take meals when needed. These are the friends we are surrounded by. Let us not grow weary in pushing each other to be the best HIM we can be.
Polymer out.

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