And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy. Your young men shall see visions. Your old men shall dream dreams. Acts 2:17
A few years ago I heard a small still voice saying, "Run." It was the last thing that I expected to hear at the age of sixty. "Run?" It sounded crazy. "Run" - as in putting one foot in front of the other as fast as you can? "Run" - as in a marathon? That's exactly what I heard. "Run."
As I attempted to obey that small still voice, I discovered some wonderful truths from God's word. He began to teach me truths about life through running. The first life principle that I learned was about dreams. When God births a dream in our hearts, He will also revive that dream and bring it to reality. All great achievements in life begin with a dream.
Thirty years ago I dreamed of running the original Greek marathon. A very close friend, Ken Leeburg, and I were running partners. Ken challenged me to run the Greek marathon. We dreamed. We prayed. We trained. We even ran a half marathon in preparation for the Greek marathon. We made ourselves ready to run 26.2 miles that Pheidippides ran in 490 BC. Then tragedy struck. Ken was killed in an automobile accident.
My heart ached when I heard the news. It was the first time in my life to lose a best friend in an accident. It wouldn't be the last.
It seemed as though the dream of running the Greek marathon died after that. However, it only lay dormant. Thirty years later, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. When the diagnosis came, my wife, Tex, and I talked about our lives - our dreams, our hopes, and our future. I realized during those long conversations that every dream that I've ever dreamed, God has brought to pass, with the exception of one - running the original Greek marathon.
I decided to run the Greek marathon. It would take a lot of training, and I needed to lose much weight. But I knew that it was a part of God's plan. The dream was reborn, and I began training. Much of this blog will tell you about all that I learned about life through training for the Greek marathon.
The first lesson that I learned was to never give up on a dream. When God plants it in your heart, He will bring it to pass. You may have thought that it died, but if it came from Him, He will revive it. He will cause the seed to take root and grow. Don't give up on your dreams.
A year and a half after my cancer surgery, I ran the Athens Classic Marathon, the same course as Pheidippides. Ken and my dreams were fulfilled.
It's a simple truth, but one that is absolutely necessary. When God calls, He gives sufficient grace to fulfill that call upon your life. Dream big. Dream God's dream, and He will bring it to pass.