I’d like to introduce you to our guest blogger, but before I do I want to invite you (yes, you!) to submit a blog during the month of December. I’d like to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by writing HIS story of how HE saved YOU! Or, if you prefer, you can write a story about someone that you led to the Lord. I’ll send out more details on the writing specs this week. But for now, please think about what Jesus did for you and consider bragging on his great mercies to you or to someone you led to the Lord!
Now, for today . . . I am so pleased to introduce you to my new friend Rebekah Trittipoe. Rebekah is a marathon runner and cross country coach at Liberty Christian School in Lynchburg, Virginia. I am a Liberty University alumni myself, so it was a pleasure to meet Rebekah last summer and I praise God for the impact of the cross on her team. Here’s Rebekah’s story!
I met Hope in July 2011 at a writers’ conference in Montrose. Hope’s call to attendees to re-focus on the cross spurred me to look for ways to make that cross come alive. I wrote the following story on my blog:
It was obvious that working together was critical in the three exercises. But one more activity remained. Each teammate was handed a personalized puzzle piece. They were given no instructions other than to assemble the puzzle. Following initial mayhem, leaders emerged and assembly began. “What shape is it?” they queried.
I continued. “Everyone of us has a unique position and purpose in that cross. Our identity is fully embedded in that cross. But, what happens if I take out a piece? There’s a hole, isn’t there? You’re eye is drawn to the ‘hole’ rather than the ‘whole.’ That vacancy detracts from the cross’s glory. Can we begin to understand how important it is to embrace each and every one of our positions in that wonderful, magnificent cross?”
After a twenty-five year career in cardiac surgery as a cardiovascular perfusionist, Rebekah now spends her days coaching cross country and distance runners at Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, VA. She is also an author, motivational and inspirational speaker, and an on-line instructor. In her spare time, Rebekah hits the mountain trails as an ultra-runner and adventurer. She regularly posts life-lesson stories on her blog (http://rebekahtrittipoe.blogspot.com ). Additional information about Rebekah, her books, and speaking services can be found at http://rebekahtrittipoe.com .