It has been 100 years since the running of the first Comrades Marathon and today, many athletes get to run their own race, the Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge, along their chosen route anywhere in the world.

The Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge comprises 5 distances, being a 5km, 10km, 21.1km, 45km and 90km which are all being run virtually. I am out there with you all in spirit, as I am still unable to return to my favourite sport, but I would definitely be participating if I could.

Although I may do nothing physically right now, spiritually I am enthusiastic and excited as I follow my friends’ journeys and am eagerly waiting at home, with refreshments and treats, for my husband to return from his 21km run too!

The vision and heart behind today’s event is for runners to lace up to run for hope. Hope for a better and brighter tomorrow beyond Covid-19.

I was going to write a down all the thoughts swirling through my head right now, but instead I am going to post this message and keep it short and sweet and simply encourage everyone, myself included, to keep hope alive. Whatever situation you find yourself in, know that God is there and while you are waiting for your breakthrough, wait for active expectancy and believe that God is working in your life, even when you don’t feel it.

Your most effective ministry to others can come out of your deepest hurts and on days when you are feeling weak, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. We all need each other. I have always believed that pain is never wasted when we are able to use it to encourage others and let them find healing in our wounds.

Our circumstances and what is happening in the world is overwhelming but let’s choose to find joy daily, instead of wasting our lives waiting for everything to be perfect. Let us remain addicted to hope.  

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