Recently one of my good friends expressed interest in running and I volunteered to ‘show him the ropes.’ Although I am by no means an expert, I’ve grown to love running and know what it’s like to start a training program.
So off we went on our runs. It’s so inspiring to watch new runners. Although the Couch to 5K program advocates a run/walk mix, he has a great pace and ardent determination and moves quickly. So far we have done a 1.7 mile run, and tonight we conquered 3.1 in preparation for a quick 5K on Sunday! But in the wealth of information out there, he has a lot of questions that I’m happy to answer in my limited expertise. (For example, the purchase of running shoes should really be a credit-bearing class.)
Similarly, new Christians are overjoyed to know the Lord, yet sometimes overwhelmed with information. All these new words and books and topics and holy days and saints? Crazy. And while most churches have classes for new members, it can be intimidating to ask questions in such a large setting. It’s important to have that personal touch, so to speak – a person who reaches out and provides support and knowledge without any judgment. I’m beyond blessed that my friend chose me.
Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105