Last week I began running again.
And probably hilariously.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually quite enjoy the habit of a 30 minute jog a few times a week.
It’s just that over these last few months I have distinctly got out of the habit.
It’s been a cold, wet, winter that hasn’t particularly inspired me to don my trainers.
However, last week, myself and a few friends decided that it was time to get fit again.
Which means the running has begun!
Nothing too excessive… Just 30 minutes, 3 times a week.
Balanced, healthy, hopefully-to-be-worth-it, running!
The problem is that right now, it’s not quite habit yet.
It will be, give it another two weeks.
But today, it took a bit of persuasion to get me to go out in the rain and run full pelt down a busy bypass.
A lot of persuasion in fact.
But whenever I begin this inevitable ‘need-to-break-through’ point in running, I think about the way in which the Bible uses this same analogy to inspire us, challenge us and spur us on.
Like in Isaiah 40, where God promises that those who wait on Him will run and not get weary.
Like in 1 Timothy 4, where bodily training is used as an analogy to the training in godly living which is of the greatest value as it prepares us for the present and the future.
Like in Hebrews 12, where we are challenged to lay aside sin that we may run our race towards Jesus with perseverance and never give up.
Like in 1 Corinthians 9, where Paul uses the self control needed to run as a comparison with the discipline needed to keep us running the narrow path that Jesus calls us to.
So I’m going to keep running.
Holy Spirit, please help us run our races well. Starting strong. Keeping going. Finishing strong.
For You alone.