A New Perspective

Having dribbled the NYC Half Marathon in August, I thought that I was finished as far as running in events went- boy was I wrong! When Eric dribbled the ING NYC Marathon on November 1, 2009, I had no idea that we would be sprinting from Path Trains to train stations all throughout the city to be able to catch a glimpse of our speedy French Canadian friend. =]

Eric was moving through the Five Boroughs (like Occh had mentioned) and finished with an amazing time of 4:00:45!

Eric was collected, composed and focused as he dribbled through the city’s streets. Onlookers couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw (and heard!) him coming. Eric’s marathon was a way to let other people become involved and realize their roles in DribbleTheWorld and I was excited to have a whole new perspective on our events.

Eric Martin dribbling through the streets of NYC.

Eric Martin dribbling through the streets of NYC.

Being able to watch someone like Eric dribble a marathon was unreal. His desire was not that people might know who he was, but that they would see his service to the Lord and that he was running for so much more than self satisfaction. No matter who you are cheering for on the day of the big race, you become a fan of every single person running that day. We were cheering for Jon’s, Stephanie’s , Caroline’s-whoever’s name we could read on the front of their shirts and it was right where I wanted to be that day…cheering people on.

Eric dribbling through the streets!

Eric dribbling through the streets!

I love encouraging people, and rarely enjoy being the center of attention and on the day of the marathon, that’s what I knew I wanted to be for Eric-an encouragement. I vividly remember when I dribbled in August and how Whitney went nuts every time she saw me! She made me feel like a rockstar! I wanted Eric to feel the same way when he ran (but there was no competing with his wife, Rachael in cheering him on-she booked it down the street after him! She ran for at least 5 NYC blocks!)

Eric and Rachael

Eric and Rachael

Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be all about though? In the body of Christ, we are supposed to edify one another, uplift one another, encourage one another. Romans 1:11-12 says:

11I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong-12that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.

Eric at the finish line with an amazing time of 4:00:45.
Eric at the finish line with an amazing time of 4:00:45.

That was one of my goals while Eric dribbled- to be able to encourage him in some way because he was a huge encouragement to me when I met him, Rachael, Micael and Claudia at Camp Brochet in Saint-David-de-Falardeau, Quebec and I had the opportunity to tell them and a group of kids about the Half Marathon.

I’m thankful that the Lord gave me an opportunity to visually experience DribbleTheWorld’s dribbling races, because I had only ever been the one running before. To be able to see more people get involved in this aspect of ministry is huge and extremely humbling. It is proof that the Lord is pleased with our desire to serve Him and He is expanding what we do and using each of us involved (in whatever aspect that may be!) to touch lives for Him.

Eric, way to represent the Lord well! He is definitely pleased with your desire to serve Him in this aspect!


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  1. avatar Whitney Says:

    Great post!! Encouraging one another is so important and it makes everyone feel so great!! (at least I know it makes me feel great). Eric was AMAZING and it was such a privilege to be a part of the cheering squad!!

  2. avatar Cheryl Says:

    Ashely, your post was SUPER!!! :) Some might even say FANTASTIC!!!! :) I told you I would go home and read it….and I did. Seriously though-nice post, pal. :]

  3. avatar Peter & Cheryl Says:

    Yep let us encourage each other as we all go for the goal – that all should be saved!!!

    Go for it guys!

    Peter & Cheryl

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