After letting the back-to-school dust settle, I started running again this week. I love/hate how it exposes my weaknesses and helps keep me durable. (I like being durable…) And it’s a great vehicle which reminds me of the benefits to spiritual discipline.
Stretch. No one likes to. Everyone needs to.
Run hard. If you only do what you’ve always done, you’ll only get what you’ve always gotten. You have to push yourself to experience something new.
Run everyday. If you only run on Sundays, you’re not going to see much, if any, progress. So, if you want to be a runner and only run one day a week, ….then good luck with that.
Rest. Everyone needs time to recover. Restore. Refuel. Re-create. And recreation is re-creation.
Don’t run alone. Most of us enjoy the zen-like solitude of running. But the fact is that it’s dangerous. Dogs. Cars. Construction. Even a sprained ankle is dangerous when you’re alone. Hurt and alone is a prescription for a dangerous fall.
It reminds me of I Corinthians 9:24-27:
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (ESV)
Hebrews 12:1 says to 'lay aside every weight…and run the race before us.'
I dare you to run this week. Are you up for what it can teach you?