I enjoy running, but as each new year arrives, and I get one more year away from my athletic prime it gets harder and harder to get into it. I take December and January off, which I guess doesn’t help matters, so when I really get “back to work” in February, I most definitely feel my age.
Today I decided I needed some help from above, so I found an old favorite verse to help out. It is Hebrews 12: 1….. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…”
This can be made to apply to running, but as with most verses it fits in with life in general as well. “Run with perseverance” can be about racing, but it can be about finishing any major project with focus and endurance. “The sin that clings so closely” could be about the big belly I grew over Christmas, or it could be about any distraction that prevents us from excelling. A “great cloud of witnesses” could be people watching your run, or it could be about passersby in life that need to be inspired by your struggle to do great things. And then, of course, at the end being reminded that “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith” is watching makes the completion of our struggle seem that much more possible and even probable. Thank you for reading my 68th blog.