We’re back for DAY 10 of the Run & Not Grow Weary blog series.
This series is about integrating faith and fitness so that we can run and not grow weary, as it says in the Bible (Isaiah 40:31). I’m bringing my faith alongside running wisdom and sharing scripture with some positive motivation! The entire 30 Days will be available as a PDF download to ThoroughlyThriving.com subscribers!
Who do you run for?
When I’m having motivation trouble, I ask myself this question: am I running for me?
Or am I doing it because I want others to see me as a runner?
To see how fast I am (not)? To be a part of “that club”?
To have something to write about on this blog of mine?
Did I sign up for this stupid marathon just because my friends were doing it?
If you run exclusively for the attention or respect of other people, you won’t run for very long. Maybe you do a long distance relay and a Zombie Run every now and again. Fun. Done. That’s all it ever is and, for some, that is totally okay to do, by the way.
Problem is that many runners, newbies especially, say they want to be lifelong runners or want to get better/faster. They have “the itch” and the occasional fun run isn’t enough. Yet the struggle to put in the time, training, and make the sacrifices required is real. It’s not all high-fives and color runs.
If you run simply for the approval and admiration of others, you won’t stay motivated. Eventually the novelty of being a runner fades. Eventually being a part of that group isn’t worth all the effort of marathon training. Eventually motivation has got to be about something else in order for it to last.
If you want to be a better runner, you’ve got to run for you. Even if you “run for others” in the sense that you’re raising awareness or funds for people in need, running itself still has to be something you want to do. There are plenty of other ways to raise money for good causes.If you want to be a better runner, you've got to run for you. | #RunAndNotGrowWeary Click To Tweet
Run for you. Run for God.
Interestingly enough, I ask myself the same questions when I’m struggling with issues of faith.
Am I doing this for God’s sake or so that others will think I’m spiritual?
Do I worship to praise God or to be a part of the club?
How I live out my faith and how I run should not be about pleasing other people.
It should be about pleasing God.
About doing what I believe is right and good and required of me.
“Work willingly at whatever you do,
as though you were working for the Lord
rather than for people.”
That’s the only source of motivation that really lasts a lifetime. Ultimately, knowing God is pleased with me is much more fulfilling.
And yes, I do think my running pleases God because it is part of my version of a healthy lifestyle, how I use my body as a tool to stay focused and clear headed in all areas of life.
When I run to impress others, I lose motivation. When I run for me, I run for God, and I can run forever.
Who will you run for today?
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