Monday, October 3, 2011

Lessons from the Run - Begin

There are so many verses in the Bible that refer to the life of a Christ follower as a "race".  Here are just a few of them:  (Acts 20:241 Cor. 9:242 Timothy 4:7Hebrews 12:1)  Though I have studied all of these verses in the past, they really came alive for me the first time I ran an actual race, a 5K on September 24, 2011.  

Here are the life lessons I took away about getting ready to run:

*Dream bigger than your current ability.  When I decided to run the 5K, I could only run a mile.  

*Even if you're unsure, set goals, show up, and do your best.  I wasn't sure I would be ready by September.  I mean, I just got off the couch, ya know??  But I set a goal, and I worked toward it, and if I wasn't ready by race day, I still would have made great progress.  And there's always the next race!

*Quitting is easy when you're accountable to no one.   So many mornings, I wanted to sleep in instead of getting up at 4:30.  But the thought of disappointing my running partners (I'm married to one of them!) kept me showing up, even on the most difficult days. I borrowed their strength when I didn't have enough of my own.

*Make sure your preparation matches your race.  I learned this one the hard way! We trained at 5:00am (when it's cool and dark), on a figure 8 shaped track that was smooth and flat.  The actual race was held at 8:00am (about 82 degrees at race time), on roads through a neighborhood, with LOTS of hills. If your race is hard...train hard.

*Before you start, decide you're going to finish. At several points during the race, I felt like quitting.  But I had already decided how I would respond when that happened.  I. Will. Not. Quit.  I told myself I would cross the finish line, even if I was walking, not running. 
Making decisions in advance will serve you well in your Christian life.  I don't need to decide if I will read my Bible in the mornings, or if I will go to church on Sunday.  I've already decided some things!

Join me here tomorrow on Chick Food for Lessons from the Run - Endure!

Today's Verse: You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally.  1 Cor 9:24-25 Message

Prayer for Today: Father, help me to train hard for the "race" of my life.  Help me to throw off the sin that slows me down, and stay focused on running in a way that brings glory to You.  In Jesus' name, Amen.  


wheezy said...

So true! I love the "if your race is hard, train hard." That was a word for me because how can I expect to do what God has called me to do if I don't "train" for it. I need to do this by means of studying the word more and praying more. It helps me to be prepared for whatever obstacles I may come across on my race. Love it, keep em coming!

anything but LoKEY said...

Great analogies! I mean it is all true in the literal sense but also every bit applicable to our Christian walk.

Leslie Oden said...

@Hollie-that was the biggest learning for me, too! We can't go easy in our training for our faith-race, or we won't be ready for the challenges certain to come our way!

@Anna- I know, right?! The day of the race, I came home and wrote down 12 life lessons I learned as I thought about the race. I love how God keeps His instructions for us so simple, using illustrations from seasons, gardening, running, etc. to teach us kingdom principles!

Thanks for reading, ladies!