My husband and I will be running in the “Redlegs Run” this Saturday. My goal is to run it in 30 minutes or less. Today I worked on my running speed, and I was able to run a mile in 9:46 minutes. I struggled the other two miles, but I was able to complete 3.1 miles in 29.40 minutes. I’m not sure if I will do as well in the “real” run, but I’m just happy that I am constantly improving, and I can see how I am progressing.
I thought about the Christian life and how it relates to running or training for a run; in fact, the running analogy is used several times in the Bible—Hebrews 12:1, 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, Philippians 3:14, and 2 Timothy 4:7-8.
Just as I have to push myself to increase my speed or distance, in the same way, we have to put effort into our own spiritual growth. We can’t expect to grow if we don’t read the Bible, go to worship, or study the Word.
Sometimes I have a terrible run and even though I may feel like giving up, I push forward. I think we experience the same thing in the Christian life— sometimes our spiritual life (or even life in general) can be “dry” but we need to keep reading, praying, and studying. I think when we stop reading the Bible, studying His Word, or praying then we start losing the momentum we had gained.
When I started to run again after I had stopped running for nearly three weeks because of a pulled hamstring muscle, it was like I was training from the very beginning—running slowly and running only a short distance. Even though I was very frustrated, I kept going.
If you’ve slowly “fallen away” from worship, Bible reading, and prayer, then don’t quit—get back in the race and keep going. Remember, all that matters is that you finish the race.