Saturday, August 29, 2009

Running the Race

I've taken up running.

I bought expensive running shoes and special moisture-wicking socks. This is largely influenced by my uber-athletic wife and a desire to model a healthy lifestyle for our son. My squirrel-like metabolism won't last forever.

But running is hard. It hurts. Right around the second mile, my legs are burning, my lungs are sucking down gulps of air, and I'm doing my best to keep down any previously eaten meals. Katie assures me that running actually becomes enjoyable, but I'm not seeing it yet.

Paul once encouraged Timothy to "train yourself to be Godly. Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for the present life and the life to come." In a second letter, he tells Timothy that he has "finished the race, I have kept the faith." Running takes discipline, intentionality, and a willingness to do what I know is healthiest instead of what feels most comfortable. It requires pushing through wanting to quit (or puke) and continuing to endure. And running seems to work best when it's done together with a partner, when you run in community.

Ministry is a lot like that. Come to think of it, the best things in life are like that. Marriage, parenting, friendships, following Jesus, etc.

I'm training for a half marathon in January. I'm also figuring out what it means to be a father and still working on being a great husband. May I be disciplined to finish well, puke and all.

2 comments:

  1. Yay for half marathons! My first is in March. You can do it! The thing that's really helped me is reminding myself to run slower. It sounds a little strange, but if you're going for distance/endurance you have to make sure not to totally blow yourself out before you're even halfway through.

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  2. Becca, good advice! I've tried starting off slower in my runs and it's helping already.

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