Happy Easter my friends!
Thanks for your continued prayers and for coming back to see what’s been happening on my journey.
The Ultimate Training Manual
Throughout my training, I’ve been obsessed with the mechanics of running, running efficiency, the proper balance of carbohydrates and protein, hydration, the proper apparel, the proper shoes, etcetera and so on. I’ve educated myself with this information through research, e.g., books, magazines, websites, talking with other friends who are runners along with the friendly staff at local running stores. In the midst of all this obsessive behavior, I am constantly reminded that running is only part of my life and that it does not define who I am. I am reminded that the ultimate training manual has already been given to me, The Bible. I need to remember that my ultimate goal isn’t ‘a crown that will not last’, a medal, a t-shirt, and the like. My goal is that others would be see God working in my life and that they too have the opportunity to rediscover Him in a very real way!
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” ~ 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV)
Team Oasis’ Goal for April – You Can Help!
March has come & gone and thanks to you, we were able to add 6 partners to the growing list of Oasis for Orphans supporters! I need your prayer and help in finding 5 more people this month who would be willing to donate at least $20 to help build a 2nd orphanage, like many of you have. Please either share this blog or my FirstGiving website at: http://run.tonyjao.com.
My Training This Week
This was week 10 of 14 for my upcoming half marathon. I was encouraged by my run on Monday which was supposed to be a 60 minute run based on my ‘Mortals’ training. Using Jeff Galloway’s philosophy from “Marathon: You can do it!” I walked after each mile for a minute and it really helped. Thursday was a 50 minute run and Saturday was a 6 mile long run. It turned out that I did 6.9 miles instead. Next weekend will be a 10 mile long run!
He is Risen Indeed!
Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior is Risen! He is risen indeed! He died for our sin; taking on the penalty of death for us – for me! In doing so, He made it so that I could once again be reconciled to God, my Father, with new life! If you haven’t yet acknowledged Jesus the forgiver of your sins and the leader of your life AND have questions, I’d love to talk to you about it.
- This is going to be a REALLY busy week for me at work. I’ve got a big training project that I need to deliver on Saturday morning in the midst of having at least one meeting each day this week. Pray that God would give me the wisdom and discernment as to how to spend my time in order to honor Him through my relationship with Him, my family, and my ministry.
- In light of my busy week as mentioned above, I am scheduled to do a 10 mile long run during the weekend. Pray that God would give me the discipline to train well this week.
- With a new month brings new goals for support of Oasis for Orphans. Pray that God would identify at least 5 more supporters for this month.
Thanks for coming along on my journey!