Parallels Between Running and Following Christ

Tomorrow is an exciting day.

I have the opportunity to run the Akron Marathon with Josh Miller, his first ever.  It will be exciting to see him complete a challenging 26.2 mile course and cross the finish line after training together for a decent amount this summer.

Much has already been written on this subject to be sure, but here are a couple ways where running and following Christ cross paths.

1. Praising God

We’re taught to be thankful at all times as Christians.  Running is something I’m deeply grateful for the health to be able to do.  I praise God for the abilities he gives us and the ways we’re able to use them.

2. Discipline

No one really wants to get up at 4:30 or 5:00 for long Friday runs all summer long.  But you don’t complete 26.2 miles by waking up one morning and deciding to go for a really long run.  Like the Christian life, endurance and patience are required. Fighting through difficulty, injury, pain, discomfort — all require the discipline to stay focused on the ultimate goal.

3. Satisfaction

There is a satisfaction in finishing a race.  Personally, tomorrow will be my 12th full marathon.  Even though I’ve run very few in a way I’d be happy with, there is always some satisfaction in completing a challenging distance.  In Christianity, we should stop at points along the way and be satisfied in what God has done.  This short earthly life should also point us to the satisfaction we’ll enjoy when this life is over and we’re in the presence of our Lord and Savior – FOREVER!

Even if God never prompts you to run a marathon, I want to leave you today with a challenge to do things that require discipline and challenge over a long period of time.  These are not only great character builders – they’re characteristic of the life we’re called to live in Christ Jesus.

Have a great Friday everyone!

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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