I decided a couple of months ago that I was going to run the Thanksgiving Half marathon in Albany, 13.1 miles. But I haven’t been doing much to get ready for it. I ride my stationary bike which is way better than nothing, but running a half marathon requires that you run to prepare. I was just having a very hard time motivating myself to run, to train for this race and had about decided to skip it.
Then today, I got totally motivated to train and ran 2 miles tonight, and I am going to run 3 miles tomorrow night. I ordered new running shoes online, and in a few minutes I am going to send my $70 in to register for the race. What happened you ask? Well our daughter Shelley who lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with Philip, her husband and their 6 kids, called and for my birthday she is going to fly down and run the half marathon with me. Wow, what a thoughtful daughter. Shelley is young, runs, and is in great shape, and I expect that she will leave me in the Albany dust, but we will start together and I will keep up with her for a little while, I think😳.
Living the Christian life is called a race in the new Testament. Hebrews 12:1-2 says it beautifully “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”
God never intended for us to run the race of life by ourselves. Those who are part of a church family will do much better than those who are not.