Week Six: Hard to Be Content Alone

PRE-RUN INSPIRATION (3-5 MINUTES)

Group Leader Speaking to Entire Group

Welcome to our weekly run. Before we take off, let’s focus on another reason we need to #runconnected and live connected. If want we want to be content and satisfied and encouraged in our lives, we need to be connected, because it’s hard to be content alone. Running is a great activity because it gives us things to celebrate. Whether it’s a faster pace, or a longer distance, or a training program, or weight loss, or something else, we can accomplish a lot by running.

But when we’re alone, we don’t always want to celebrate what we’ve accomplished. Maybe we don’t trust that we really did something worth accomplishing. Maybe we don’t realize just how much we accomplished. Or maybe we don’t feel an emotional connection to the earning the accomplishment. When this happens, we miss out on the feeling of contentment and satisfaction that should come with an accomplishment. This happens in our lives beyond running as well. There’s even a Bible verse that describes this.

Ecclesiastes 4:8 says, “There was a man all alone, he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. ‘For who am I toiling,’ he asked, ‘and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?’ This too is meaningless—a miserable business.” This verse reminds us that it’s miserable to go through life discontent. Other people can help us avoid this misery. When we #runconnected and live connected, we see our accomplishments through the eyes of others. We get their perspective and encouragement, and that helps us take a step back and feel contentment and satisfaction about what we’ve done. This gives us the energy to keep trying, to keep striving, and to go farther.

Today, try to notice how the other runners in our group have improved over the past six weeks in our running group. Then encourage the person about what he or she has accomplished. And when someone encourages you, receive that compliment and enjoy it. Use that as fuel to keep running and keep trying, not just in our run group but in your life as well.

[say a brief prayer. after you pray, share any administrative details like the signup sheet. Then start to run.]


ASSESSMENT TOOL GOAL: STORIES

At the Run

  • • Encourage runners to find out a little bit more about each other’s stories. Use this opportunity to try to connect with runners you haven’t spent much time with.
  • Sharing stories will unveil some places where group members face a challenge. After the story, find a time to follow up with the runner to ask if there are any ways you can support him or her.

After the Run

  • Record some key details from the stories you’ve heard in the group’s Google doc. Focus on recording the places where you church can support someone in the group.
  • Add the following columns to your group’s Google doc:

      - Week 6 notes - Use this column to add any other details you remember. Make sure to note each person’s attendance this week • --       - Stories - Record some key details from the stories you’ve heard in the group’s Google doc.

  • Record places where you church can support someone in the group in the Ways to Serve column.
  • If there are specific ministries in your church that can help support a runner, refer them. Make sure you get the runner’s permission before doing this.

CONNECTION STRATEGY TIPS

  • Encourage the church members in your group to send you highlights of the encouragement they gave and they heard. Add these accomplishments to the Google doc as well.
  • Reach out to runners during the week and encourage them about what they’ve accomplished. Try to touch base with as many runners as you can, but focus on runners about whom you haven’t receive stories of accomplishment.

THINKABOUTS