Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Lesson from Running Shoes

Shoes: I got a new pair of running shoes the other day and promptly tested them out on my loop. The shoes I had been using were extremely old and left me constantly aching, sore and tired. The new shoes were amazing. I chopped 30 seconds off my best time by doing nothing but buying new shoes. "What's the point," you ask?

As I was running I was struck by a choice I now had. I could continue to do my same loop, 30 seconds faster with the new shoes, and feel pretty good about myself. Or, I could use the new shoes to run even faster and farther; making the shoes a "catalyst" in a sense. The choice would be up to me.

So it is with our spiritual lives, we often hit places where we could easily "coast" and keep doing the same things, never pushing ourselves run farther and faster.   It is a constant temptation to "coast" - I am guilty of this myself.  Then this verse popped into my head;

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." (I Cor 9:24)

I just want to encourage you to make sure you are constantly "running in such a way as to get the prize." Our enemy prowls around like a lion seeking to devour you - run hard, run fast, and run to win!

Wonder what will hit me the next time I go jogging? :-)

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