Running for a Reason.
|Have you ever had an opportunity to stand at the finish line of a running event? If you have not yet had the chance, I would strongly encourage you to do it! Watching runners cross their finish line is one of the most uplifting experiences I have ever encountered. Whether watching or running, I am often deeply moved. The sense of camaraderie and encouragement is unparalleled, and watching runners who have trained, worked, and sweat in preparation for the event cross the finish line can be inspirational. Some finish strong and smiling; others need people to come alongside them and support them because they are so physically and emotionally fatigued. Regardless of placement, each runner's support group is there to cheer them on and reward each runner on a job well done. There are cheers, tears, and unique sense of community. A number of scripture passages compare the training required for running to the training required for living the Christian life. As Christians we are instructed to "run in such a way as to win the prize" (1 Cor. 9:24). This is not because we are comparing ourselves to others, or working to beat others, but because we need to discipline ourselves in order to achieve our personal best for Christ's kingdom. This applies in all areas of our lives, and as a cross country|
coach I love being able to share this analogy with the members of our team. Running can strengthen us physically and spiritually. We can use running to spend time in prayer, to worship God with our physicality, and to think about the Christian life. The next time you have the opportunity to stand at a finish line, consider how we can cheer each other on in our spiritual journeys, wherever we may be.
In a race all the runners run. But only one gets the prize. You know that, don’t you? So run in a way that will get you the prize. All who take part in the games train hard. They do it to get a crown that will not last. But we do it to get a crown that will last forever. So I do not run like someone who doesn’t run toward the finish line. I do not fight like a boxer who hits nothing but air. No, I train my body and bring it under control. Then after I have preached to others, I myself will not break the rules. If I did break them, I would fail to win the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27, NIrV
~Mrs. A Dekker