For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11 ESV
Run-A-Mile-For-Time. That was the assignment on the board. What? People actually do that?
I've never run a mile nor do I desire to run a mile. I have many fitness and health goals but running isn't on the list. I grabbed water, sunglasses, and my GPS app. And we were off. My three friends were gone and I was sloggin' along dragging up the rear. I actually jogged the first quarter mile then had to switch to a fast walk.
My friends passed me on their return from the half-mile mark with encouraging words of "you can do it" and "good job." It was a beating. I knew I could finish in under 15 minutes just walking. It's not so much about my short little legs as it is my heart and lungs. See, those two body parts are not in shape to sustain jogging more than a quarter mile.
For six weeks I have attempted to jog a quarter mile twice a week. The quarter mile mark is where my gas gave out because I have not trained to run any further. Just as I have to train all my body parts to work at a greater capacity over longer periods of time, I also have to train my faith for the long-haul -- a quarter mile at a time.
My faith is all about training my heart and lungs, too. Making sure I'm not shallow breathing and missing out on a full, deep, refreshing breath to restore myself. Or sprinting on an ounce of faith when I should be going slower and deeper into the word of God to completely refuel my spirit for the race.
There are days when we just have to do faith sprints. Days where we just have to dig in on what spiritual fuel we have and go for it. If every day is a sprint, we will never recharge our body, mind, or spirit for the long-haul of life. Each day we dig deeper in the Word, we become stronger. God shapes us and trains us for His glory and kingdom-works one quarter-mile at a time.
I finished my mile in 13 minutes and 8 seconds. I was done. All used up. Two days later I ran my quarter mile - it was easier.
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Take a walk today and thank God for all he has provided you. Give praise for the coming year.
Dear Heavenly Father, you are with me on the sprints and marathons of life. Renew my body, mind and spirit this year. Amen.
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