After almost six solid months of NO exercise, yes! I’ve DECIDED to go back to running. Although, I did only a slow 5k pace today which is not much (I know!) but it’s a good start and I’m happy. Why? Because I beat myself today! Ha! I beat my big fat lazy self telling me to just go back to bed, sit the whole day and eat whatever!
My motivation in running is more than just for physical health. I run not only to train my body – although to be honest I am not the fastest runner in our family – but I do this to become more “spiritually” fit.
In my own personal experience, whenever I join a race, it is during the time when my physical body is exhausted and ready to stop and quit – that I really feel that spirit within me kicks in and takes the lead. It is my spirit that takes me to the finish line because in reality my body has already given up way before the finish line, but it’s actually my spirit that carries me to the end.
“You can do this! You’re almost there! Don’t give up! You can make it! Keep going!”
I love what the runner say to the other runner in the same race, “Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you reach the finish line.”
Just like LIFE, storms and trials will come. They’re inevitable! But we shouldn’t stop and give up just because it’s hard and difficult. We stop only when we reached our goal – that is when we have fulfilled our purpose and calling in life. Then our reward awaits an eternity in heaven where our Master will welcome us with the words, “Well done! My good and faithful servant, well done!”
Our finish line here on earth though, we don’t know. We don’t know how, where and when that would come – only God knows. But this I know, we can trust Him to get us there.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” – Hebrews 12:1