A few days ago I received the “Half-Marathon Special” Runner’s World magazine—it had articles like, “Your Perfect Plan: Run 13.1—Strong,” and “You Can Do a Half, Too!” It was what I needed to motivate me to workout.
I think the three weeks of recuperating from my surgery made me lazy. When I had the “green light” to start running again, I waited a few more days before starting; and I didn’t put much effort into the run on the first day. I even thought that I should quit running all together.
I thought about how difficult it is to do something that we don’t want to do even though it’s good for us—like exercising, or eating healthy foods.
Reading/studying the Bible and going to worship services is good for us also, but sometimes that’s difficult to do too. There have been times when I knew it was cold or rainy outside and all I wanted to do was stay in my warm bed—I had to fight internally to get up and go.
Romans 7:15 and 19 has the following: “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate… I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway” (NLT).
I guess it’s “human nature” to do the opposite of what is good for us. I know it’s a constant battle for me to exercise and watch what I eat, and I have to be intentional about reading the Bible and going to church.
I ran for the fourth time today. It wasn’t my best run, but at least I ran. I am determined to keep running, and my goal is to prepare for the half marathon in January.
The upcoming half marathon keeps me focused to continue running, and Jesus keeps me focused to continue in studying God’s Word—“Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord…” (Rom 7:24-25).
What keeps you focused?