it begins with a kiss

my first kiss was in the eighth grade, at country park in greensboro.

her name was celeste.

at the far end of the lake there was a spillway, an escape for the water in case the lake level got to high. and above that spillway was a bridge. we were under it.

that was a long time ago…

last saturday, i ran my first half-marathon.

at country park in greensboro.

in the first mile and in the final mile, i ran across the bridge of my first kiss.

and i thought it was just a beautiful illustration of the christian life… the christian walk… or maybe better said, the christian run. let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12.1)

it begins and ends with a kiss.

our christian life begins as we surrender any notion of our own competence or ability to save ourselves. we wave the white flag of human effort and give ourselves over to God, and God – who like the father in the story of the prodigal son – filled with love and compassion runs to us, embraces us and kisses us (see Luke 15.20).

and at the end of the race God has set before us (Hebrews 12.1), we will be drawn into the embrace of the same loving Father who will kiss us and tell us “well done!”

it begins and ends with a kiss.

oh, and one more thought.

all along the way last saturday, people were standing there, a great cloud of witnesses, watching, encouraging, cheering. as i looked at some of them, i thought, these people are runners too. they aren’t running my race, but i can tell they are runners. they get it. they’ve been here. it was such a help in completing my race to be cheered on by those who had gone before me – who had done the same training, suffered the same injuries, felt the same apprehension.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12.1)

as you run the race that God has set before you, i want to encourage you! it can be difficult and painful and scary. but it is your race to run.

remember that you are not alone. there are many others who have been there who can and want to cheer you on. and there are many others running beside you even now. so take heart and press on.

and remember…

it ends with a kiss!

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1 Response to it begins with a kiss

  1. mom says:

    well done, good and faithful servant. i am so proud (am i allowed that?) of you. interesting the things you learn about your kids long after the fact.

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