Fun Fridays – November 20, 2020

Did you notice that today can be rendered as 11202020? Just thought I’d mention it. Has nothing to do with today’s video–unless you want it to!

Aaron Yoder has been the world’s fastest backwards runner. He can run the mile in under six minutes, backwards. How many of you can do that running forward? (No, not back when you were a slim athlete, but today.)

All sorts of metaphors for the writing life and the spiritual life crop up when you think about this new perspective. Reminds me of Bryan Chapell’s great book, Praying Backwards (Baker, 2005).

If this spurs your creativity, share your thoughts in the comments.

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10 Responses to Fun Fridays – November 20, 2020

  1. Kristen Joy Wilks November 20, 2020 at 10:51 am #

    Wow! That is incredibly inspiring. Taking a career-ending injury and turning it into something mind-boggling!

  2. Abby Martin November 20, 2020 at 11:28 am #

    Oh my goodness. We had Mater — World’s best Backwards Driver. And now we have World’s Best Backwards Runner! XD

  3. Roberta Sarver November 20, 2020 at 11:35 am #

    This makes me think I could possibly fit in somewhere after all. :0

  4. Bryan Mitchell November 20, 2020 at 12:20 pm #

    Takes real faith to know where you’re going in an uncertain environment when your running backwards. I’m sure he’s familiar with those long roads and of course the track.

  5. Steven Stoops November 20, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

    Is that where the term, “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get,” comes from?

    I would trip and fall flat on my . . .

  6. Deborah Raney November 21, 2020 at 5:10 am #

    So cool, especially since we used to live only 25 minutes from Lindsborg, Kansas and our kids often competed at the Bethany College track and at the high school gym.

  7. Lee Wimmer November 21, 2020 at 6:16 am #

    Does he simply want to see the otherside of things? 😀

  8. Mike Cipolla November 21, 2020 at 6:58 am #

    A hospital I worked at years ago had a ramp between the first and second floors. It was a fairly steep grade, but better than taking the stairs. Several of my co-workers walked up the ramp backwards. That lessened the stress on their knees. I wasn’t that coordinated or dedicated to walking backward unless I was with them.

  9. Lila Diller November 21, 2020 at 8:25 am #

    Is there a reason why I’ve been getting the Fun Friday emails on Saturday? This is the second week in a row. I thought last week might have just been someone getting behind, but this one obviously was posted on 11202020. Just something to check on your RSS.

  10. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D. November 22, 2020 at 8:08 am #

    That is amazing! I run ten miles a day but it’s all forwards…..I’m concerned about falling on my…. whatever you would fall on, going that direction.

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