Ironman – Part I

Jordan

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Tucker

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This week we are in one of my favorite places, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho for the Ironman race this next Sunday.  My oldest son Tucker and his cousin Jordan are competing in this penultimate athletic challenge of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike race and finishing with a 26.2 mile marathon.  Ironman draws the elite in terms of athletic ability, discipline and mental toughness.  I am both proud and in awe as these young men attempt this endeavor.

It’s a gift that this elite athletic challenge takes place in one of the most pristine places on the planet.  If you have had the good fortune of visiting this God kissed place, no one needs to tell you of its serene beauty.  We are blessed to have a place here on the Spokane River where we come to rest, recharge and build memories as a family.  Ironman will be imbedded deep within our memories from now on.

There are places and experiences in life that take us to the edge of ourselves and cause us to depend on God in a new and fresh way.  Having run 2 marathons, I know the feeling of pushing yourself to the edge of your will & physical ability…to the point of supernatural dependance, and the great connection & intimacy with God that comes in that place.

King David in Psalm 27:4 says,

“The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.”
When we come to the end of ourselves whether it is result a self-imposed athletic challenge, a moment of divine encounter or just ending up on the short end of the stick of life, the result is the same, our priorities come into focus.  We come to the end of ourselves and realize like King David, that the most important or even only important thing is to live in God’s presence everyday.
Tucker and Jordan, may you experience God’s presence with you in a supernatural way on Sunday June 23, 2013, like never before in your lives.  Go Ironman!

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