Fresh Hope – 3rd July 2020

Last year I was invited on a 10k run that included obstacles through a muddy course – they call it a ‘Tough Mudder’.

I said ‘yes’ so as not to lose face and it was so far in the future I thought it would never arrive, unfortunately it did. I soon found myself amongst thousands on the starting line of the event.

The first kilometre wasn’t too bad, and I carefully ran around the mud and kept myself quite clean. Soon though we were passing muddier terrain and I wasn’t enjoying the anxiety of trying to keep myself free of mud and I found myself regretting being there.

A few kilometres in and I could maintain my dignity no longer. There was a swamp to get through and in front of us were hundreds of contestants queued up to their waists, stuck in the mud. At this point we realised the quickest and least energy-sapping way through was to lie flat on our backs on top of the mud like we were doing a snow angel (a mud angel) and then flipping over onto our fronts, then flipping again onto our backs, and so flipping over the surface of the swamp. 

Considering I wasn’t enjoying anxiously trying to stay clean at the beginning I was now strangely absolutely loving rolling like a pig in muck. Once I let go of my sensibilities and embraced the course and came to terms with the fact that I was in a state beyond repair, I absolutely loved the rest of the day and when we finished we all actually wanted to go through the whole course again.

Often, our approach and attitude to following Jesus can often be like me at first in the run, stifled as we try to maintain some composure and dignity, not totally committed as we try and get a sensible balance with church/family/work.

I want to encourage you (and myself), to let go! Let’s not waste time trying to keep our dignities. Jesus Christ has called us to lay down our lives and follow Him! 

If you’re feeling – in this strange quiet season -discontent, maybe apathetic and bored with life, challenge your approach and attitude. Life isn’t about maintaining a dignified appearance – it’s too late for that, let’s let go, get stuck in, give 100% to our passions and enjoy this amazing journey called life!

Stop worrying about what you can’t change and focus on what you can, stop trying to fit in; stand out, don’t allow fear to make you hold back but jump in with both feet and fall back in love with the reason for it all, Jesus Christ! 

Luke Cartwright

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