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Here’s a fun quote for runners of faith.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” –Francis of Assisi
You know how some people say things like…
“Running a half marathon sounds so cool.”
…and then you’re like….
“You know that’s right! You should do one with me. We’ll train together!”
…and then they’re like…
“Oh, no [nervous laugh]…that’s not really for me.”
I’ve learned from years of trying to persuade people to run that this conversation happens for only one of two reasons:
- Someone is trying to politely fain interest in running for my sake but seriously has zero desire to actually run that far. Ever.
- Someone is at least mildly interested but the idea still really overwhelms him or her.
I’d like to think I’ve encouraged/inspired a lot of Type 2s to dip their toes into races of all kinds. They’re not always ready to start when they first show interest but eventually they’re on my long distance relay team, crossing the half marathon finish line with me, or I’m snapping photos of them along their marathon course.
Doing The Impossible
It is pretty amazing how something like running can take us from a place of saying “that is impossible” to saying “I just did it!” For adult onset runners like me, the perspective change of actually doing something we once thought was impossible really opens our eyes to a new world of possibilities.
And it’s the same way with God.
God Sees Endless Possibilities
Could I ever have saved myself from my sins? Could I ever be a perfectly good person all of the time? Could I ever be strong enough to save someone else from self-destruction or addiction? No. Definitely not. Not even a little bit.
“With man this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible.”
– Matthew 19:26.
When we think about all the truly impossible-for-us things God has accomplished and will accomplish, we gain a new perspective. We see that God is a God of infinite possibilities. There is no sin too ugly, no situation too complicated, no mountain too high, and no race too far. With God, all things are possible.
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