A wave of adrenaline pulsed through the crowd as several flares shot up the sky, signalling the start of the annual PDRM night run and LifeYouth’s first ever Tribal War. Runners from the respective tribes squared up. Amongst them, were participating friends, uncles who attempted to prove that they still were in shape, and aunties who knew better as they sat guarding the bags.
The structure of this 5km run differed from other runs as instead of tallying the score based on the individual times of each runner, the time of the last person who reached the finish line from each tribe was taken. Each tribe was awarded an additional point for every friend and parent that took part in the run.
As a volunteer and member of the reigning champions and the *ahem* best tribe, Elite Monkeys, I can personally say that attending this run was both an encouraging and humbling experience. Admittedly, this victory meant a lot to my tribe as not only did it strengthen bonds between the members, it also allowed us to push past the individual limitations we set for ourselves in pursuit of a greater goal. However, winning this war wasn’t the only rewarding outcome.
Given the structure of the race, I had assumed that the last runner from each tribe would receive the most pressure in finishing the run. To my surprise, the slowest runners were the ones who received the most motivation. Those who had finished the race cheered for those who hadn’t as they approached the finish line, regardless of which tribe they represented. The fastest runners of some tribes doubled back to pace the last few runners.
Overall, this run definitely established the bar for future Tribal Wars as I’m sure the tribes are excited for more opportunities to reach out to their friends and compete against one another. Nonetheless, the unanimous sense of togetherness that was displayed by every participant involved in the run served as a faithful reminder of God’s promise for us and this church, as a Kingdom Family. While we are different people of various ages from competing tribes, we belong to the same Body of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 12:12-13) “For example, the body is one unit and yet has many parts. As all the parts form one body, so it is with Christ. By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether we are Jewish or Greek, slave or free, God gave all of us one Spirit to drink.”