– ryan james ross
Ragnar is a race from Los Angeles to San Diego. Thousands of people from all over the states gathered this last weekend to run this race, and yes, this should alert you to the alarming fact that crazy people exist all around us.
200-ish miles in 29 hours.
That’s averaging less than 9 minutes a mile without any breaks. Even overnight.
Most of us can’t even run one mile in less than 9 minutes, let alone 200 miles!
This is an impossible race for even the best runners in the world to complete… alone that is.
However, as a team working in relay, hundreds of people accomplish this amazing race together.
I still think they’re crazy, but sometimes we do crazy things for our tribe. Team Camille (in the image above) rocked this race, all for the sake of Camille Richards. See Camille has Rett Syndrome and they run to raise awareness and support to find the cure for Rett Syndrome. They run for her in the hopes that one day she will run with them.
They run out of love and hope for Camille.
They run together in order to accomplish what no one person can do on their own.
[Check out the Team Camille Page to learn more and join the movement.]
This is actually what we are made for. We are made to run through life with people who help us accomplish what we could never accomplish on our own. We are made to run through life with people who carry the things of life that are too heavy for us ever to carry alone. We are made for tribe and Team Camille and all the people that support them are a tribe.
My experience this last week with Ragnar and being at an amazing conference with the Uncommon [good] team this week, reminded me of some incredible words from Erwin McManus in his book, The Last Arrow. I pray these words spark your heart and open your eyes to how God has designed us to be in community (aka Brine : )…
“There is no journey toward God that does not bring us to each other.”
You might begin your journey alone, but the place where God is taking you is a land called Together. If you have ever felt that you are living beneath your potential or that the greatness God has placed within you is yet to be realized, then I would tell you that the most common cause of living beneath our capacity is that we have chosen to run alone rather than walk together. You will never sustain greatness or fulfill your God-given calling if you see people as an obstacle to your destiny rather than as essential to fulfilling God’s purpose in your life.
Here are two big questions that will shape your life:
Who is with you? And who are you with?
Whatever you do, you need to find your tribe. If you are a zebra, find the zebras and run with them. If you are a gazelle, then find the herd that runs at your pace. If you are a lion, find your pride. Finding your tribe is not about being of the same color or same ethnicity or same history; it’s about being of one heart and mind. So whatever you do, find your tribe and begin to walk together. Your best future is waiting in your deepest relationships.
When you surround yourself with great people, it elevates who you are. If you want to have great character, surround yourself with people of great character. If you want to take great risks, surround yourself with a tribe of risk takers. If you want to live a life of adventure, then choose a tribe that makes life an adventure.
You will become who you walk with. So imagine the implications if you decide to walk with Jesus. When He calls you, He never calls you only to yourself. He always calls you to a people. He always calls us to each other.
This is a principle that will hold true for all of us at any time in our lives: we are more powerful when we walk together, and we are more vulnerable when we walk alone.
It’s essential — above everything else you pursue in your life, whatever else you may desire or long for, whether it’s success or wealth or fame or legacy — to make sure that nothing in your life is of greater value than finding your tribe. You need to find your people, because as long as you walk alone, you will never know your strength. Your greatest strength is not when you can prove that you don’t need anyone; your greatest strength is when you no longer have to prove that you can do it alone.
To live the life God created you to live, and to ensure that everything within you is unleashed for the good of humanity, you need to find your people.
All of what Erwin wrote, all of what Team Camille lived out, is all of what we pray Uncommon [good] continues to be in our city. I love this tribe that God is bringing together!
“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.” Ephesians 4:3-4
On Sunday, May 6th @ 3:30 PM we will be having our second taste of community event. Woohoo!
We’re calling it [seis] de mayo, cause we’re clever like that…
We’ll have a taco bar, churros, a Latin Trio band called Rhumba Cha Cha, and tons more fun!
And if you’re lucky, you might just win an uncommon [good] poncho…
This fiesta will be muy caliente! You won’t want to miss it.
Oh, and please invite some friends to this taste of uncommon [community]!RSVP
You are loved and valued!
– Your uncommon [team] from the #CatalystWest Conference