Week five: Forgetfulness

PRE-RUN INSPIRATION (3-5 MINUTES)

Group Leader Speaking to Entire Group

Thanks for joining us for this week’s run. Before we hit the start line, let’s take a minute or two think like a runner to win life’s race. Today we’re going talk about forgetfulness.

Forgetfulness may sound like a strange way to think like a runner, but it’s important. No matter what happened in your last run, you can keep training. Did you quit before your distance was up? Decide not to wake up at all? Have a day when you went so slow it felt like your FitBit was laughing at you? It doesn’t matter. Today is a new day, and you can keep moving forward.

You have to forget what went wrong and keep going. Yes, you can learn from your mistakes, but dwelling on them doesn’t help. In fact, focusing on where you messed up can actually turn one bad today into a bad week or month or year. Forgetting is important because it helps to get you back on track.

A verse in the Bible puts it this way: “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past.” That verse is part of a place where God talks to us about forgetting so we can focus on the new thing he wants to do in our lives.

So what new thing do you want to see happen in your running life? In your life as a whole? It starts with forgetting. So think about what you want to forget, and then let it go.

As you run, you may want to talk with someone else about the new thing you want to see happen in your running or in your life. Or you may want to focus on forgetting. If you have “Let it go” on your iPod, start with

(Say a brief prayer. After you pray, share any administrative details. Then start the run.)


ASSESSMENT TOOL GOAL: CREATE A LIST

At the Run

  • Make a note at the run of any new people and of which returned from last week. 

  • Get the contact information for any new people, following the pattern of last week.

  • Notice which people whom you or other church members did not know before the group started have now shown up for all three runs. If you haven’t already, try to strike up a conversation with a few of those people. 

After the Run

  • Update your group’s Google doc, focusing on the people in the group who are new to your church. If you have observed any ways your church can serve these people, make a note in the Google doc. 


CONNECTION STRATEGY TIPS

  • Make a note of what runners say about the new thing they’d like to see happen in their live, either in the Google doc or in another way. Follow up with runners about them and ask how you can help.

  • If the new thing someone indicates is a hard thing to forget, or indicates some intense pain of some kind, then you may want to see if the runner is open to counseling or a support group. If so, help the runner find a resource at your church or in your community.

  • Look for ways to encourage this new thing in your runner’s life through the rest of your run club season. Encouragement from you and from other members of your group can help the runner keep looking forward.


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