Jogging and Encouraging Others

5th February 2012

As I mentioned in my last blog one of my New Year's resolutions was to go jogging. I started with 10 minutes a day, jogging once around the estate of houses where I live. This has gone well for the last few weeks and then my friend said she would like to come too. We have jogged three times together and each time it was so much easier than jogging alone. We chatted as we ran and managed to go twice the distance I had previously achieved on my own. We encouraged each other when we got tired and distracted each other from aches and pains we felt. At the end we congratulated each other and shared in our success.

My friend has now gone on holiday for the week and I am left to jog alone. Today I went jogging and after one lap of the route, I missed the encouragement from my friend and the only way I kept on going was by reminding myself, I had done it before!

This experience made me think about the Christian walk. It can be tough when hard times come. We need Christian friends along the way to encourage us. I have personally been encouraged by a couple of e-mails this week from Christian sisters who I have never met, but who have taken the time to encourage me with my work on this website. I believe God gives us friends to help and encourage us in tough times. As Christians, we are all part of God's family, the body of Christ. We all have different roles to play and we all can make a difference and help others in their Christian faith by doing little acts of kindness. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 encourages us, "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up."

Is there anyone you can reach out and encourage this week?

      Lucy

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