Good Morning!!........ Bri and her dad could see the finish line ahead of them. Her dad celebrating his 50th birthday by running this marathon of 50 miles and Bri running it to be by his side. A lady runner passed Bri and her dad and crossed the finish line before the father-daughter duo. Crossing the finish line after 9 hours of running was exhilarating and exhausting. Their legs feeling as if they could go no more gave up on them. Bri's dad looked at her and said..."If you would have not waited on me, you would have won your age division for the ladies.....she passed you and crossed 25 seconds ahead of you." Bri told her dad...it was not about running this race and winning...it was about running this race with you and finishing with you. This experience reminds me of not being left behind. Ya know the military says....no soldier left behind....or our government says to our school system no child left behind.... what about in your own life. We can become so focused on winning, that we leave others behind. In our professional life we are always striving to "win".... and in doing so we leave those that love us, have cared for us and helped us along the way, behind. Our heavenly father did not want to "leave us behind." He came to this world as a man and endured great pain to ensure if we chose him we would not be left behind. When this great race is over, we are crossing the finish line with "our heavenly dad." Happy Beautiful Wednesday.... I wrote of this father and daughter experience again, because since I have heard..."The rest of the story" it has truly touched me, maybe because I have always related the love that my dad and I have for each other(which is great) to the love that my heavenly father has for me is even greater. Are you to focused on "winning" that you are not sharing the love of our heavenly father with others? It does not mean you have to stop right in the middle of this great race to share his love with others, but maybe ease up a little and take the time with others....to ensure they are not left behind. This journey that Bri has taken me on has reminded me its not all about winning it is about doing "life together." and making sure we all make it to the finish line.....with our heavenly father!! Run this great race yall and I challenge you to make sure you bring others with you. That is what are heavenly father intended.
I opened the Cast Iron Grill in October 2007. Lots of changes have happened in the last 5 1/2 years. The CIG started with 55 seats in an office building located at 18th and K. After five years, we were bursting at the seams with now 167 seats, and 24 wonderful co-workers working on top of eachother to make it happen. 2012 the Lord chose a different journey for the CIG. We relocated the CIG and opened our doors on January 2nd, 2013, just four blocks away from the old location! It has changed my world completely! All of these stories are the happenings of the people and the joy and celebration that make the CIG what it is.