Interview for Chaplains' Corner by Patrick Nath
cc: When did you receive Christ as your Savior?
rw: Unfortunately I can't remember the exact time, day or where I was at the first time I asked Christ in my heart, but it was probably in Sunday school class or while I was praying before going to sleep at night, sometime when I was younger, middle grade school age maybe. The thing I know most though is that I have continued to grow with Christ in my heart. I'm thankful I was raised in a Christian home and that I had the chance to hear about Jesus when I was young. Probably the other most important time in my walk with Christ was when I went to a Fellowship of Christian Athlete's running camp in Indiana as a huddle leader when I was in college. During that week I realized I not only wanted to have Christ in my heart but to serve Him in whatever ways and opportunities He may give me.
cc: What types of church ministry do you participate in?
rw: I am a youth group leader at the First United Methodist Church in Ashland. We meet once a week and it has been an incredible blessing for me. I'm so thankful I have the chance to work with some incredible jr. high and high school age kids. Also I'm the Huddle Coach for our high school Fellowship of Christian Athlete's Huddle.
cc: How long have you been running?
rw: I started running track in jr. high and then ran cross country my first two years in high school along with track four years. Then I went to Fort Hays State and ran cross country, indoor and outdoor track for four seasons each. That is when I really got involved seriously.
cc: What are your most memorable experiences in running?
rw: Qualifying for Nationals in cross country and indoor track while I was at FHSU and also qualifying for and competing at the Drake Relays my junior and senior years in college. There are so many memorable moments but now some of the most memorable are the times spent with friends on runs or at races.
cc: How does running affect your Faith in Christ?
rw: It really strengthens my faith in the fact that I know that God has given me the ability to run as I'm so thankful for the opportunities He has given me through running. If it wasn't for God's blessings I know I wouldn't have been able to do the things that I have.
cc: Are there any special things you think or pray about when running?
rw: This may sound different but a lot of times when I run is a time I listen to what God is telling me. During long hard runs when I get really tired seems like a time that God can really put something on my heart. I think part of it is that I'm so tired I'm not telling or asking God something so I'm quiet and just listen to what He is telling me. I always know He is with me but some of the times I feel closest to God is while I'm out running in the country with no one else but Him and me.
cc: Do you have a favorite bible verse?
rw: One of my favorites was a verse we had at a summer FCA camp theme and it is Phillipians 3:14 -- "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
cc: Is there anything you would like to say to a non-believer who runs?
rw: As much enjoyment you feel through running and the things associated with it, it in no way even compares to the joy and feeling of having Jesus in your heart.
Webmaster's Note: Rick directs occasional road races at Ashland, KS.