It’s DAY 21 of the Run & Not Grow Weary blog series.
I’ve been writing these a lot slower than I originally anticipated, but more is still to come! If you enjoy these posts, let me know and please share with others.
The “Higher Self”
I love to listen to my ultra runner friends when they start talking about their spirit strength. I may be weird, but I think it’s always fun (or more like inspiring) to hear their gruesome stories of suffering and how they overcame. Usually it’s late in a race, their physical body as useless as their mental clarity (and sometimes sanity), and then…their higher self takes over and they become spirit strong.
Some describe a peace or zen-like state. Some refer to an inner-strength that carries them on step by step. Some call it “flow”, “will”, “heart” or “soul”. Whatever they call it, it is a part of themselves that is a source of strength beyond reason, a part they are never so aware of or rely so completely on in normal, every day life.
The “Inner Being”
One of the interesting details in these stories is how the physical and mental side, which we typically put so much confidence in, must become so very weak before this inner being takes over. Yet that is a pretty common Biblical concept, that when we are weak, God’s spirit in us can really shine, giving us peace beyond all reason and strength where we have none.
2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we don’t lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
Ephesians 3:16-17 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
Romans 7:22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law.
As believers, it is our “inner being” or the spiritual part of our existence that connects directly with God, that taps into His peace and strength, especially when our physical bodies are spent. This is the side of us that will remain when the physical is dead.
On your next run, remember that it’s not just your physical body carrying you through. As your body gets heavy and your muscles get tired, imagine your spirit tapping into God’s peace and strength.
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