Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. * Hebrews 12:1-3
Have you ever run a race? Was it a pleasant and easy experience? Races, though they can be fun, do require great perseverance and intentional focus. This life we have been granted is much like a race, as well. Some people are intentional about the end goal, whatever that may be, while others are merely in existence; living for the moment without concern or care about the future. While we should all be intentional in the present, we should also have an equilibrium of considering the end goal as well.
When I, Jesse Rivers, was 15 years old, I was in a very traumatic vehicle accident that caused for me to be pronounced dead 3 times and left me in a coma for 6 days! While recuperating in the hospital, doctors told me that I would never be able to run again, due to the head injury that I received. I immediately prayed to God and told Him that, if He would give me my legs back, one day I would run a complete marathon (26.2 miles/40 kilometers) with my hands raised high, as an act of gratitude, praise, and worship to Him. In 2009 I was blessed to run, head and hands high, the San Diego Rock ‘N Roll Marathon! Though I did not train for it, I was pleased to run the entire race and finish well! Praise God!
This past November I turned the big 4.0… Yep, 40! I have made it my plan to do lots of things in my 40th year to celebrate reaching the hilltop! One of the many things I want to do is to run a race, another marathon! I am trying to be creative in how I help Abogar raise funds for helping precious children. I am dreaming big, so I am planning to run a 40K run (marathon) with the goal of raising 40K ($40,000) for Abogar at the age of 40. Hence, 40k for 40k at 40! This week I officially registered for the June 2nd San Diego Rock ‘n Roll marathon!
If you would be interested in sponsoring or pledging support, whether per mile, kilometer, or just a one time pledge, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know of your pledge and how you would like to pay for it. I do not believe that $40,000 is an unattainable goal! It is a huge goal, but I know that every cent that I can raise will be used to love on and help children who are orphaned, abandoned, abused, and/or living in the streets here in Guatemala! It is a great investment and a very worthy cause! Please prayerfully consider a generous pledge and donation for the 40k for 40k at 40 campaign!