Thinking on these things!
Well, summer has left us as quickly as it arrived. The hot summer days are over and we are now blessed with cool mornings and that’s great news for runners!
I’ve really enjoyed my summer runs. I love the heat and even on some the hottest days I put on my running shoes and headed out. I don’t sweat easily but those runs in the heat made me sweat buckets!
Sometimes when I was running I just felt like stopping and sitting in the grass under the shade of a tree and taking some time to rest. But a voice inside of me kept me going. I kept telling myself I could do this and just had to keep running.
I developed a fair amount of endurance this summer. Pushing myself to keep going got me to the point where I had no other option but to finish the run regardless of the obstacles, like the heat!
If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I’ve been writing about what the author of Hebrews teaches us about the Christian life and that he has given us some words pictures that relate to running.
He tells us to:
“lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith …”
The word “endurance” is a Greek word that means:
“one who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings”
When you set out on a run, there are many things that can slow you down and even make you want to stop. The wind, the heat, the rain etc. But a good runner learns to focus and keep going no matter what obstacles may present themselves. He just keeps going!
And the Christian life is very much like that.
The minute you decide to walk in obedience to God and to His Word, Satan will be sure to begin giving you all the reasons why you won’t be able to do it. He’ll throw everything at you that he can, to discourage you and convince you, that you just can’t do it.
But the author of Hebrews cheers us on and reminds us to run “with endurance” the race set before us.
And that means that I won’t let anything stop me. I won’t let the wind of opposition slow me down, nor the heat of pressure nor there rain of criticism. After I take that first determined step I am it for the duration of the run! Come what may, I will continue to run.
I hope that’s your perspective on the Christian life.
The Bible is clear that:
“he that endures to the end will be saved” Matthew 10:22
One of the clear indications that we are the sons and daughters of God is that we will endure to the end.
And that’s something that running is teaching me. If I am to get the benefit of a good run, I must endure to the end!
Focus is also really important on a run. We’ll talk about that the next time, but until then keep running “with endurance the race that is set before you.”