So, as of late, I’ve been trying to tackle what in my mind is the impossible…running a ½ marathon.
First point of importance: I hate running.
I don’t mind running with an object in front of me or a goal to where I can add a point to my ego or see the completion of a step in my operations/production-oriented/analytical brain. But running, I don’t find anywhere near invigorating in and of itself.
So, WHY would I try to run a half marathon?
- Because of a small desire to see if I can do it. I’ve heard about the concept of training for this goal from others in close proximity to me. 13 miles of running without stopping sounds like unnecessary torture. But, I have created the goal of making it to Dec. 5th for the White Rock Marathon and have seen the increased in amounts of energy that running consistently and pushing myself a little bit further each week has provided me. I have come to an odd place of cherishing and yet despising it.
- Because a lot of things that I end up liking, I at first despise it or am indifferent. But in most cases it comes about in these ways:
- Someone has encouraged me along the way.
- I heard or witnessed the increased benefit that it had brought to others and thought, well maybe that could be me.
- To see if there’s more outside my narrow-minded desire to just do the things that come easy to me.
- I will continue to press on with the help of an accountability running partner and a curiosity each week to see if I can break down a bigger wall as I work to reach my ½ marathon, no walking goal.
Comparison to the spiritual aspect
I tend to make these spiritual comparisons to whatever I’m doing, believing that God is linked and we can learn lessons about who He is in everything (Luke 19:40, Ps. 19). We should find examples about how to live out our faith in the relationships and situations we find ourselves in. I think this is where “working out your salvation with fear and trembling” comes into play (Phil. 2:12-13). I relate these kinds of goals to how I am doing in my walk with Christ using the time running as a time of meditation and reflection in how I can push myself toward the desires of God and away from my own morally flawed thoughts. James 4:8 suggests that when we draw close to God that He draws close to us. And in response I think, how can I guide or direct my heart to God, rather than just follow it in the depravity of my own nature? Prov. 14:12 backs this up, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Then, Romans 5:12-18 explains that the righteousness through Christ leads to justification and life for all men. What does love look like as a result of this justification and abundant life? John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments”. Do you love God? Obey.
Regardless of the difficulties and challenges, you can do it. God provides the strength…so draw close.
What has been stretching you beyond your limits lately?