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Run to Overcome

It’s an American Tale.

One of my favorite movies growing up was "An American Tail." I called it "Fievel" and didn't know its true title until adulthood.

"An American Tail" is about the Mousekewitz family–they are mice–that immigrate to the U.S. from Russia in the 1800s–painting a picture of the fabric America is built on.

Meb Keflezighi's story, similar in many ways to the Mousekewitzes, detailed in his book, "Run to Overcome," is an autobiographical tale of his Eritrean family's immigration to the U.S. and his emergence into the running scene.

The Keflezighi family left Eritrea amidst internal violence and made their way to San Diego in 1987–starting a whole new life as so many have done in the past.

It wasn't easy, starting a whole life in a new country never is, but the Keflezighi family's spirit and faith in God carried them through difficult times.

Meb Keflezighi and his 10 siblings worked hard and did well in school and received scholarships to California schools. During this time, in high school and college, Keflezighi blossomed as a runner.

Winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon and world-wide celebrated marathoner, Meb Keflezighi has much to brag about. But, instead of taking the credit, he points to God as the source of his strength in his personal and professional life. His story is a testimony to God's faithfulness through difficult times and stacked odds.

Running is Keflezighi's passion–a passion he excels at. As another famous runner once said, "When I run, I feel His pleasure."

"Run to Overcome" reminded me that life is a race. There are hard parts, there are struggles, there are times when you fall flat on your face. But, we are running to win a prize. Just as Keflezighi learned how to pace himself in races to not wear himself out too early, we need to learn pacing in our life. Life is not a sprint. Keflezighi learned how to run in a manner worthy of a prize.

I want to run throughout life with that kind of pacing.

“Winning in life doesn’t happen when you overcome just one thing–do or die. It’s persevering, knowing that difficulties are bumps in the road, not the end of the world. It’s continuing to do the right things, knowing your time will come. After all, you have to conduct yourself like a champion before you can ever win a championship.”

For more information about “Run to Overcome,” please see http://www.runtoovercome.com
Also, there is a contest on the above website and one signed book will be given away per day from Nov. 1, 2010 – Mar. 31, 2011.
There will be monthly grand prize winners that will receive a signed copy of the book, other free Tyndale titles, as well as Sony and PowerBar products.

I received this book courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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In their footsteps

Running in flip-flops is something new for me. But it’s not a novelty for the countless Burmese who’ve had to flee from their own countrymen.

On the border of Thailand and Myanmar, children fall asleep to the sound of bazookas and rapid rifle fire instead of sweetly sung lullabies. It’s been 40 years, and the people of Myanmar have had no solace from strife. It’s Myanmar’s people groups, their ethnic minorities, who are the primary targets of violence. To read more about the situation in Myanmar, click here

This past weekend was the 6th annual Run for Relief . The purpose of the run is not only to raise money but also to make a statement: you are not running alone. Not everyone ran in flip-flops. You could choose to do so, however, as a sign of solidarity. Yes, my feet hurt a little afterward, but along with the many others who ran in flip-flops, we were saying, “You’ll never run alone.” In Christ, they’ll never run alone. The sad part is, many don’t know the Author of Life.

Will you commit partner in prayer?

This weekend I am headed to work with Burmese refugees near the border. We’ll be playing with and loving on children in an orphanage. Stay tuned for stories from this weekend.

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