In the fall of 2009 as I was turning 50 years old, I was inspired to run 50 miles in a single day and to use the run as a platform to raise $50,000 for clean water wells in Africa and for the development of a walk/run club in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago.
At 2 a.m. on October 11 I was joined by a small group of supportive friends to run 23.8 miles to the start of the Chicago marathon and then to run the 26.2 miles of the marathon itself. The run took 10 and a half hours. $58,000 was raised. And many lives have been changed. But this run was simply a symbol of a much greater challenge in my life – to offer my weakness and brokenness to God so that he would make me into a great story...a story that I would be able to tell about him and how he used my life to help change the world a bit more toward what it was created to be.
It is this story that is shared through a series of meditations and reflections in my book "Miles To Run Before We Sleep." I hope that it will serve as an invitation for you to consider your own version of offering your weakness to God and his world...so that you too participate in making it a better place. Indeed, we have miles to run before we sleep.