No Girlie Girl Running

17 Jun

Deciding to take up jogging, the man was astounded by the wide selection Tennis Shoe with Pocketof jogging shoes available at the local sports shoe store.

While trying on a basic pair of jogging shoes, he noticed a minor feature and asked the clerk: “What is this little pocket thing on the shoe?”

And the clerk replied, “Oh, that’s to carry spare change so you can call your wife to come pick you up when you’ve jogged too far.” *

LOL!

I (Dawn) read about two runners who both needed a good dose of character.

“Marathoner Loses by a Mustache.”  So read the headline of an Associated Press story. It appeared that Abbes Tehami of Algeria was an easy winner of the Brussels Marathon, until someone wondered where his mustache had gone!

Checking eyewitness accounts, it quickly became evident that the mustache belonged to Tehami’s coach, Bensalem Hamiani. Hamiani had run the first seven-and-a-half miles of the race for Tehami, and then dropped out of the pack.  He disappeared into the woods to pass race number 62 on to his pupil.

“They looked about the same,” race organizers said. “Only one had a mustache.”

The article said it was expected that the two would never again be allowed to run in Belgium. *

Ya think?

I never was a runner. First, I run like a girlie girl. My sister did not inherit this girlie girl gene, and she could really fly when she ran. But I even look clumsy jogging. OK, I’ll be honest. I look like a duck when I walk.

But I admire people who run. I will cheer them on and watch them win medals. I know how much hard work it takes to prepare for a race.

I have gone to out to breakfast with my friend Jill and her husband after she’s completed a good run. When she meets us at the restaurant (not even panting), her face glows. Her body is svelte. She pays the price, and it’s worth the results.

The Bible uses the metaphor of running in Hebrews 12:1-3. Paul exhorts believers, “…run with patience the race that is set before us…..” Paul tells us to look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, so we won’t be “wearied” ~ so we won’t get discouraged and “faint” in our minds.

The key to our own race is to consider “Him that endured.” Jesus endured in His own life “race,” and as we focus on Him, we understand how we can be persistent and press on in ours.

Paul also used the running metaphor in 1 Corinthians 9:24: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

In other words, in the spiritual realm, girlie girl running is not wise.

Woman Running at SunsetPaul describes the toughening process in verses 25-27. Everyone who competes, he says, “goes into strict training.”  In the next verses, he describes the tough discipline he goes through so he won’t be “disqualified for the prize.”

Some people say they aren’t concerned about getting “rewards” in heaven; it’s good enough, they say, just to get there. But that is not Paul’s attitude at all. The apostle speaks of stri-i-i-i-i-ving for the prize. In fact, he likens it to a fight to win  a crown:  “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith,” he said. “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness” (2 Thessalonians 4:7-8).

If you want to run well in the Christian race, there are some things you’ll need:

  • We need the desire to win and the determination to discipline our lives. (What are we willing to invest to win the prize? What are we willing to allow to keep us from winning? See Galatians 5:7.)
  • We need patience to endure, knowing that God will perfect godliness in us if we hold fast to His purposes for us. (Are we willing to fight the good fight, no matter how long it takes? Are we willing to build some spiritual muscles? See Hebrews 5:14.)
  • We need courage to overcome opposition and obstacles through the power of God. (Are we willing to deal with anything that gets in the way? See Hebrews 12:1; Galatians 5:1; 2 Timothy 2:4.)
  • We need wisdom to fight against what would hinder and distract from God’s goals for us. (Are we well-acquainted with the scriptures? See Matthew 4:1-11.)
  • We need total commitment to the “rules” for our race so we won’t be disqualified. (Are we willing to obey God’s Word and will ~ His clearly spelled out truth? Also, are we willing to consider “permissible”/lawful things that might not be “expedient”/helpful in building our holiness and faith? See 1 Corinthians 6:12; 10:23.)

Our race is being shaped by what we believe and the choices we make. Be honest now … Are you in the race to win? How are you planning for victory?

Remember: No Girlie Girl running!

* Humor (adapted) & illustration from “Jokes on Marathons,” http://www.marathon-training-program.com/jokes-on-marathons.html#joy

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2 Responses to “No Girlie Girl Running”

  1. Susan June 17, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Thank you. You don’t know how much I needed this message today.

    • Dawn Wilson June 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

      Susan, I needed it first. It’s so easy, in the race of life, to either give less than our best or give up in frustration. I may not be the best runner, physically, but I’m determined to run with excellence and persistence, spiritually. It’s all about choices. God bless you as you “run” for Him.

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