I read a book recently that encouraged us as believers to have a B-HAG (A Big Hairy Audacious Goal). The idea is to shoot for the moon. Try something so impossible, so difficult that it could only happen if God intervened.
Recently in the world of running NIKE set an incredible audacious goal of Breaking the 2-hour mark for running a marathon. It’s called the Breaking 2 Project and it involved a ton of money and three of the world’s greatest distance runners.
The current record set in 2014 by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto is 2:02:57. What would it take to come almost 3 minutes of a marathon time? Under perfect conditions on a perfect course with the best equipment, could it be done? NIKE thought of everything. They used cutting edge training techniques. They measured heart rates and oxygen levels. They utilized the latest nutrition and hydration studies. They even hired other runners to pace the runners and run ahead of them so they could draft on them like a NASCAR racer and save energy.
Six months before the big day they did a test run on a half-marathon. Two of the three runners managed to break the one-hour mark in 59:19 and 59:42 respectively. So on paper at least, a two-hour marathon seems possible. The data collected on the half-marathon attempt would be studied for days and would be incorporated into their Breaking 2 plan. Lessons were learned that could lead to significant improvements on the big day.
Now as ambitious as NIKE’s project is, does it really matter in the grand scheme of things? Yes, it will no doubt sell some tennis shoes if they make it. It may even lead to someone breaking the 2-hour barrier for real someday. [Even if NIKE succeeds, it won’t count as a world record until it is repeated in an actual race]. But again, who really cares?
On the other hand, if we set a goal to share the gospel with a hundred people or to minister to the homeless in our community, we could make a difference that could last a lifetime. We recently set a goal as a church to have over 400 on our campus for our Community and Friend Day on September 16th. If even one family decides to follow Jesus because of that event, it will all be worth it. What if we set a BHAG to double our missions giving or change the culture at our place of work? Think about the possibilities!
The NIKE goal is dependent upon extraordinary planning, careful training, top-notched equipment coordinated logistics, incredible human effort and a little bit of luck. When we set goals for God we should be just as vigilant and give it our best shot. Yet, we have something extra going for us and that is faith. We know that success will come “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Our God specializes in making the impossible possible. In fact, when we are at our weakest, that’s when God seems to come through.
So what is your BHAG? What are you trusting God for in the coming months? Dream big! Pray hard! Let’s believe God for a miracle!
In case you’re interested, the Breaking 2 project came close. In May, on a flat course in Monsa, Italy, Eliud Kipchoge ran a full marathon (26.2 miles) in 2:00:25. They missed their goal by 25 seconds. No doubt they will try again, eventually make it and it will be a big deal in the racing world. Your goal for the kingdom may not get the media’s attention, but what we do for the Lord will count for all of eternity.
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Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson