Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.
Every obstacle course has a beginning and an end. Hence, there is the pressure of actually starting and actually finishing; through commitment and endurance those who successfully cross the finish line have more confidence to attack a harder course. So, celebration winds down and training begins. The journey is tougher, but the destination is sweeter.
Back in April 2010, I entered the Tough Love obstacle course. For every thirst and every need, you’ve satisfied me with your love. You designed this lifelong course by becoming the first to cross the finish line; you know this course inside-and-out and you’re always there to guide us and encourage our hearts to overcome; physically and mentally, you’ve been there- at the lowest points; the devil tried to engineer your course to death and destruction, but you would not fall into the potholes of temptation or the mudslides of doctrine; NO! you made a way for your people to follow you; the beauty of our courses is that it is precisely what it is meant to be! It is an OBSTACLE course- one without comforts and perfections, but nevertheless an obstacle with a finish line! I pray for more grace and mercy over my parents. I pray that they would see the finish line instead of the obstacles- that they will know you are God Emmanuel; do they know you are with them? I hope so. This journey is a test requiring all our heart, soul, and mind, and I learn from Him who has risen; death was not the finish line. Tough Love is a course where the journey is sweeter than the destination because You are with us.