What Running Can Teach Us About A Spiritual Life

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My wife is a runner. In fact, she is on a run right now as I work on this post. She loves to run. From a 10k to a marathon. She can do it all. What is so amazing about running, besides the obvious physical benefits, are the spiritual benefits. When we run there are some amazing spiritual analogies.

A huge part of life and the LifeMap process is the spiritual piece. This component of the LifeMap (and your life) is vital to your success in answering the 3 key questions. Let’s use this analogy to describe the power of an enduring faith. Our faith, as many have heard before, is not a sprint but a marathon.

Running a marathon requires endurance and perseverance, focus, right perspective, and support in order to finish strong. Our faith is much like a marathon, requiring each of these pieces in order to live it out and to endure through the many challenges we face in this life. Fortunately, Jesus and many other people are with us through it all.

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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Hebrews 12:1-2a

To get us started with talk about running the race of life with perseverance.

Run with Perseverance

  • Run with perseverance through what God has set before us.
  • Watch those that go before us, let their faith and actions encourage us.
  • Continue to run even though we stumble and face many difficulties.
  • Jesus allows us to run unencumbered. Without carrying our sin.
  • Run as YOU were meant to run.
  • Focus on Jesus, what he did for you. He shapes us as we run our race.

Run with Perspective

  • Mistakes cloud our perspective but…
  • Run even when you are struggling. This means you are in the race.
  • He is faithful in the struggles. This is when God desires that we draw near.
  • Run during times of failure.
  • God disciplines those he loves, to spur us on, to endure.
  • Run knowing that God accepts you and loves you.

Run with Faith

  • Focus on God’s unconditional love.
  • Run with the knowledge that God is helping you.
  • Results are that of peaceful living.
  • Focus on running strong in the power of his might.

Run with Others in Mind

  • Be encouraged, we are not meant to run this race alone.
  • My run impacts others, for good or bad.
  • Run to encourage others.
  • Run to help others run their race.

Running the Race of Life

The world will tell us to stop running it’s too hard, everyone else has finished.  You’re not making any progress in your race. Or maybe you hear the voice that says you are too far behind and can’t keep up. Nevermind those voices, persevere! “But our race is not finished yet, ‘let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.'”

Comment below on how you can become a better runner in your spiritual life? What has worked for you?

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