The Run & Not Grow Weary blog series is a piece of inspiration I’ve been working on and am so excited to finally post on my blog and share. In the end, there will be 30 days of posts that I’ll make available as a downloadable PDF at some point for blog subscribers. While I won’t be releasing them daily over the next 30 days, this should be complete by the end of the year.
So thanks for reading, please share if you like it, and welcome to Day 1!
Run & Not Grow Weary
I love this quote from C.S. Lewis (taken from the book The Last Battle)
“If one could run without getting tired, I don’t think one would often want to do anything else.” I know I certainly wouldn’t! Can you imagine what that would feel like? Sometimes I imagine that’s what ultrarunners MUST feel like in order to finish 100 miles. And yet…that’s not how our bodies are made.
We are designed to hold a limited amount of energy and to feel pain (for our own protection). And running…well, that’s one of the quickest ways I know to achieve pain and exhaustion!
And yet we run!
We get up early or go out in the dark. We face rain, snow, and heat waves. We get these crazy ideas to run faster or farther than we EVER have before.
What makes us think we can?
Why do we bother?
I think we all have our own reasons, but many of us will agree that there is something that drives us to find the end of our physical road. To toe the line of our personal limitations and see what happens if we take just one more step?
What will we find on the other end of the line?
As a Christian, one reason I run to that line is to cross from a place of physical reliance, where I trust in the strength of my body to propel me forward, to a place of spiritual reliance. My spiritual strength comes from God. When I am too tired (mentally, emotionally or physically) to move forward, I have to trust Him as my source of energy and strength. My body might fail me, but what is in my heart and my soul will not.
In a way, running is a physical training exercise that helps give me perspective on spiritual growth. When I run I can practice focusing on God amid the stress and physical/mental fatigue. Then, in times of spiritual stress and fatigue, my mind and heart are better able to focus on God because that is what they are used to doing.
Thanks for reading! Check out Day 2 on focusing your thoughts.
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