Thursday, July 17, 2008

Keep on Keeping on...

This is a slightly longer post, but hopefully worth it to you, the reader. Rewind to February, 2006. I'm getting ready to go on vacation to Hawaii with my wife's family. We leave on a Friday and it's the Sunday before and I'm playing indoor soccer down at the local sports-plex. The last words spoken were "nobody gets hurt before Maui" and wouldn't you know it, I pull my hamstring. It shelves me for about 3-4 months.

Fast forward to June of 2007; with a conference and 2 week vacation coming up, I again am found on the pitch (outdoor soccer this time) and once again, pull my hamstring (the other one this time). I'm certain that it's as bad if not worse then when I pulled it 2 years ago. Still, I do everything I can; R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate). In addition, I add a "P" (Pray). After a day, I can hardly walk and am sure it's bad. After a week, I'm walking completely normal and am sure that it's not as bad as last time. After the conference and vacation, during which the leg caused me no problems whatsoever, I'm sure God intervened and sped along the healing...I have been as active as ever, Praise God...(I even played a soccer game this past Monday, only 5 weeks since the initial injury).

Fast forward to July 9th; the first real test of the leg since the initial injury.  It was a simple 2 mile jog but let me tell you; it was tough for me. Not so tough physically, but tough mentally. Knowing I hadn't run in over a month and feeling the effects of jet-lag, heat of the day, tired muscles and a hamstring that hadn't been tested yet, I had to keep telling myself "just keep running, don't stop." It became my mantra; "don't worry about your time, just don't stop." My goal became to simply "finish without stopping or walking; even if you have to jog slowly, just keep going." I made it.

This got me to thinking about my spiritual walk and how for me, at least, it so closely resembles that run I just had. I started out in great spirits but soon became mentally tired and unsure of whether or not I could finish. I had to slow down...and at times, felt like I was failing.  Like I told myself on the jog, so I tell myself in my spiritual journey; just don't stop.  Keep going, run the race, it will be worth it.  

So what's the point of this ramble?  I guess I wrote this longer post with two goals in mind;
1) To publicly give God praise for healing my leg (and perhaps to publicly repent for my lack of faith that He would) and...
2) To encourage you to "just keep running."  Even if you have to slow down and jog, that's ok, just don't stop.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."  (Hebrews 12:1-2)

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