Thursday, August 30, 2012

Running the race

Paul talks about running a lot in his letters. He talks about running the race as to win and striving for the prize. He also says toward the end of his life that he has run the race.

I've never been one to identify with running metaphors. My idea of a good run is "for your life."

However, I've recently started a program of running to gain some discipline in an area of my life that has far too long suffered from laziness. While I can be disciplined in finances, bible study, prayer, and fellowship with other Christians, physical health is one area I've always struggled with (even back to first grade.)

I'm not an expert runner, and I'll probably never compete in any races. I don't know if I'll ever run with a partner. But I'm beginning to understand some of the metaphors Paul used in a slightly different light.

My prize isn't to win a race, but my prize is losing weight and bettering my physical condition.

And it has been a bit of a struggle these first two days.

Day 1 had freshness and newness working in its favor. However, my body had not exercised like that in a LONG time.

Day 2 had a bit more fatigue associated. I was pretty sore during my rest day inbetween. But after I pushed through the pain, I found my muscles relaxing and being less sore.

Now that I find myself on my second day of rest, I feel pretty good. My legs aren't achey, and I have a bit more energy than normal.

I say all of this as a way of keeping myself accountable to anyone that reads this blog. Plus, it is teaching me that even physical disciplines when given over to the Lord for strength and endurance can produce spiritual growth within my life.

Let's see what the next few days of running have in store for me.

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