Running with God

Last Sunday, I finally did my first FULL marathon. And I barely completed it!

My participation in the Standard Chartered Marathon has somewhat evolved into a personal annual year-end pilgrimage. 

And the 42km stretch this year was definitely taking my ‘sufferings’ to whole new level. Haha…

Reason for running

To be honest, I dislike running and was (and still am) never good at it. I only enjoy it because it has been an activity that draws me closer to God. 

I guess I love the challenge it puts on my physical and mental limitations, and for Him  to takeover. 

And I also look forward to the guiding words and principles He dishes out while I run. Believe it or not, He speaks to me during my runs.

Normally, He shares with me lessons from the experiences of the passing year that would make a difference in the next approaching year. 

Lessons from running

This year while running my marathon, I was reminded that “it is not how you start (the race) that matters, but it is how you end that really matters”.

Besides serving as an encouragement during my run, these words spoke into my current phase of my spiritual journey.

It re-focused my attention towards the end goal and not to dwell on the present circumstances.

Along the way all of us will meet with difficulties and disappointments, but we need to “keep on going” (being faithful) towards finishing the race gloriously for Him.

That is what really matters- to obey Him (His will and call) and trust Him (in His word) till the end. So let’s keep running with God.

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How I ended my 2009

Now with one foot forward or five days into 2010, I’m thankful for how 2009 has ended for me.

In particularly, I like how I was able to complete my first 21km Standard Chartered Run and go for a mission trip to Jakarta.

Both took place in the month of December.

The breakthru’ run

The half-marathon run was a huge test for me and I was pitting against myself; pushing my limits and facing my fears.

And words could not describe adequately how I felt after I had crossed the finishing line.

If I could use one sentence, I would say: I feel like a winner!

The breakthru’ trip

For my mission trip, this was my first representing City Harvest Church (CHC) and also a first going with my fiancee.

This trip was part of a series of mission trip to support an affiliated church- GPdI Lippo Cikarang Church in its first-ever Emerge Youth Camp.

In this camp, I was given the tasks of planning and conducting life-skills workshops for inter-personal skills and public speaking.

However, what was significant for me was to be given an opportunity to share my testimony to the youths during one of the bible-teaching sessions.

Besides giving God the rightful recognition, I sincerely hoped that it would have encouraged them to know the depth of God’s love and His life-transforming power.

Looking Onwards, Running Forward

With all the attention on the Singapore’s inaugural F1 Night Race, many other Singaporeans like myself are also gearing up for annual Singapore Marathon by Standard Chartered in December.

Like any marathon, staying ahead and to keep on keeping on is the challenge. Ask any veteran and they will agree that besides stamina, the real battle is in the mind in focusing on the finishing line.

Life is like a marathon

Ever wonder how easy it is to slow down when you see others behind you when you’re ahead? Or how tempting it is to give up with the many excuses that arises at the half-way point?

If you follow on, I think you will agree with me that running a marathon is so parallel to our journey in life. For instance, when our culture in general accepts pre-marital sex, isn’t it easy to give in to the crowd and lower our moral standards?

In the marketplace where integrity may not be highly practice and compromised for quick personal promotion, isn’t it easy for us to conform in order not to lose out?

In our Christian community, we may also start to look at our peers and conclude that since most are not serving or obeying God around me, then it is alright that I don’t to either.

Running with excellence

Like running in a marathon, in life we need to look onwards and keep going forward. Allowing complacency to creep in would prove detrimental. And to focus, requires a much needed paradigm shift.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

Instead of choosing to look at those around us or behind us, we need to learn how to tune our focus on a leader who is setting a high standard. In the case of moral and godly excellence, we have Jesus Christ.

Therefore, as we run this marathon of faith in our lives, let’s not aim low or live our faith in mediocrity by following the majority- the wide gate (c.f. Matthew 7:13).

Today, choose to set a high standard by fixing our eyes on Jesus who has ran ahead of us for us to follow.

10km results

Got the results from the recent Standard Chartered 10km wheelchair run… Better dun laugh hor…

Rank RaceNr Name Nation Gun Time Start Time U_Turn Time Gun Finish

1

26097

GREGORY F. BURNS

USA

10:29:52

10:29:55

00:15:01

00:30:30

2

26079

JACK LAI PAK LOK

SIN

10:29:52

10:29:56

00:15:01

00:30:44

3

26082

PALANISAMY S/O AVADAY

SIN

10:29:52

10:29:54

00:22:02

00:45:56

4

26081

EDWIN KHOO SENG WAH

SIN

10:29:52

10:29:56

00:22:59

00:49:54

5

26087

ROY WONG FOOK HON

SIN

10:29:52

10:29:56

00:24:19

00:49:55

6

26088

DEREK YZELMAN

SIN

10:29:52

10:29:56

00:24:24

00:50:34

7

26080

EMILIO CHOO POH CHOON

SIN

10:29:52

10:29:57

00:24:29

00:50:35

8

26077

DEXTER GOH THEAN TYE

SIN

10:29:52

10:29:56

00:26:18

00:58:11

9

26078

POON WAI YUAN

SIN

10:29:52

10:29:56

00:29:15

01:02:58

10

26086

PEK BENG CHOON

SIN

10:29:52

10:29:57

00:30:02

01:04:09

11

26076

LIM FUNG CHEE KELVIN

SIN

10:29:52

10:29:57

00:32:53

01:08:59

12

26094

ANDREW ONG CHI MING

MAS

10:29:52

10:29:56

00:37:50

01:18:33

Wah lau… Since when I become Malaysian sia… =p