"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Perspective

As a temple to the living God, by way of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us as believers, (1 Corinthians 3:16), I firmly believe that we are to take great care of our earthly body.  By doing so, we are at the ready to serve others now and, statistically speaking, we are better able to share His love well into our golden years. (Qualifier: Obviously, there are no guarantees and God sometimes has plans that we don’t understand.  But statistically speaking, a higher quality of longer life is associated with good fitness). 

I also believe that scripture speaks at length to the virtue of physical health and the consequences of sins against the body.  In fact, through the Run For God study we covered several passages that provided inspiration by way of running analogies and goals.  Heck, this blog is based on the correlation between these topics and the idea that ‘rising above’ is both spiritual and physical.

That said, my wife was reading the Psalms while we were on vacation.  She came across Psalm 147:10-11, it reads:

His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, 
nor his delight in the legs of a man; 
the Lord delights in those who fear him, 
who put their hope in his unfailing love. 

Talk about a big dose of perspective. Yes, we are to use our gifts and blessings to their fullest.  Physically, that might mean staying strong or it might mean running long.  But if what we do to maintain our physical health does not provide an avenue to praising, honoring or worshipping God, then He has no delight in our actions. Ouch! As I listened, I was reminded of the verse in 1 Timothy 4:8,

For physical training is of some value, 
but godliness has value for all things, 
holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Again, there is “value” in physical training, at least some.  It is a good thing, better than many other choices that are available to us.  But in comparison to discipleship and spiritual training, it falls well short.  So, the objective is to maintain priority and purpose. To challenge limitations and experience God’s pleasure in all of our activities, the victories and defeats. To give Him glory in whatever ability has been granted us for this day. It’s all about perspective.

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