I was never a runner. I hated running. The closest I ever came to being a runner was during my high school football career. But even then I only ran as to lay a smack down on some unsuspecting running back. I could do that all day. But I have never been interested in running aimlessly. Until….
Finding Your Purpose
One day I was playing with my oldest son Jacob and after about fifteen minutes of chasing him around the yard I thought I was gonna die of exhaustion. The catch here was he was only seven years old. CRAP! I thought, if he is only seven now and I’m breathing this heavy, what am I gonna do when he is fifteen? The next morning I started running. I ran two miles and thought my face was going to explode off of my head.
It took me a month of face exploding runs before I began to find my feet. It was during my first four mile run when a runner was birthed in me. I was nervous. Could I actually run four miles without stopping? After a month of running I was sure a four miler would cause cardiac arrest. I told myself that I would run for one hour straight. If I completed the four miles in that time then great. If not, then I would try again.
Three miles in to my cardiac arrest run, something happend. I was alone and the stress of the day began to loosen its ties to my life with each step. I began to think clearly about my life. God began to remind me of my life purpose, to help people know that he is God. When I finished my run I was exhausted, shot, tired and sore. But my spirit was very much alive. I was a runner.
I began running because I was in my mid-thirties and I wanted to be able to physically hang with my sons at they grew older. So I started to run to get into better shape. Now I run for many reasons.
- I run to hang with God.
- I run to relieve stress.
- I run for companionship.
- I run for me.
- I run to achieve
- I run to release
- I run to run.
Why do you run? What’s your purpose in running?
Finding Your Spiritual Purpose
We need to know the purpose for existence. It is at the core of who we are as humans. Why do we exist?
But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.
We exist to pursue a righteous life. A life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness & courtesy. This is my purpose. To know God in a way that causes me to live life like this. I am gonna run hard and fast in the faith. I will seize the eternal life that is before me through Jesus. Knowing my purpose moves me forward to my final destination, eternal life with Jesus. It helps me see the big picture and not get lost in the simple stress of each day.
Running has helped me continue to focus on my life purpose: to know God and help others know God. What is your purpose for running? Are you running in circles or are you running towards God and his plan for you? Do you have the courage to get off the sidelines and have an active faith, a faith that provides life purpose?
Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.
Active faith keeps you exercising your faith everyday and will keep you from being spiritual fat. Be fit for today and forever. Now go run with purpose.