Forest Gump ran for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hrs.
Whenever you think about Forest Gump you can envisage:
- The guy who ran to collect Jonathan’s arrows (1 Samuel 20:36).
- Ahimaaz (2 Samuel 18).
- Running into battle (Psalm 18:29).
- The sun …running its daily course with joy; like a bridegroom (Psalm 19:5).
- Running in big-hearted fashion, in the way of God’s commandments (Psalm 119:32).
- God’s commands running swiftly over the earth (Psalm 147:15).
- Running with supernatural stability and balance (Proverbs 4:12).
- Running into the supernatural security of God’s Name (Proverbs 18:10).
- Running in heaven; and never getting tired! (Isaiah 40:31).
- Runners running with the message of Babylon’s downfall (Jeremiah 51:31).
- Reading & receiving the scandalous truth of the Bible & running! (Habakkuk 2:2,4).
- John & Peter running to see the empty tomb of Jesus of Nazareth (John 20:4).
- Running to win (1 Corinthians 9:24, 26).
- Running well (Galatians 5:7).
- Running with endurance; #ultramarathon (Hebrews 12:1).
Run ECPC Run!
The 11th–13th chapters of the letter to the Hebrews are the bread and butter of the vision and mission of the ECPC community.
At the end of the 11th chapter God talks about how the myriad of risk-takers, and reckless by-faithers (whose stories are chronicled throughout the saga of Scripture), did not receive what was promised in this life – because God intends to provide the better (perfect) experience for them, and all of us, in the next life. Which naturally segues into a chapter all about endurance (chapter XII). The beginning of the 12th chapter says, ‘Since God has told us so many stories of people who lived and endured by looking to Him who is invisible (i.e. lived by faith), let us also lay aside every selfish distraction which incessantly swirl around us and threaten to suffocate us …and let us RUN with ENDURANCE the race that is set before us.’ The 12th chapter is full of talk about our need for discipline, and exhortations to endure, and beseechings to lift our drooping hands and strengthen our weak knees. Now here’s where Forest Gump can help us. …Forest Gump (#The ’stupid’/’weak’ man who ran across the entire country) is a an ebenezer reminding us to KEEP-ON-KEEPING on …and ABOVE ALL, renew our receptivity to the help of Jesus for every step we take, and every specific situation we face, during our journey – Incessantly fixating on Jesus of Nazareth as the Author & Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him ENDURED the cross, despising the shame, and is now risen from the dead and authoritatively seated at the right hand of the throne of God (i.e. just as Forest filtered everything through what “Momma Said”, so we filter everything through the Authoring and Perfecting person & scandal of Christ Crucified [#1Corinthians2:2]).