Sweat was dripping off my face while my Saucony shoes took turns pounding the pavement at an 8:00 minute per mile pace. I prayed these words to God while listening to the rhythm of my shoes,
“I am running for YOU, I want my Life to Glorify YOU.”
Six years ago, I didn’t run for pleasure, and now what was I doing? I grew up thinking you only discuss God and spend time with Him in church settings, who knew a run could turn into a testimony for Jesus?
Our purpose on earth is to spread God’s word. God doesn’t care how we do it, just IF we do it. I was saved on December 16, 2011, but October 2017 was the first time I had the epiphany that this was my life goal. Which occurred during my run.
Running is my haven.
- It’s time I have alone with God.
- It’s time I can focus on prayer or worship through music, looking at nature, or being lost in my thoughts with Him.
Then there are those runs that I am praying for strength to finish the last mile or make it up a steep incline that feels like Mt. Everest.
I have started running more for a purpose, such as spreading God’s word through my runs with others. Sometimes those runs may look like walks. One of my closest friends will call and ask me for a “Walkie Talkie,” which means, “I need a God centered conversation.”
A year ago, I discovered what it meant to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I joined Ainsley’s Angels which has given running a more significant meaning. To be able to use your legs for someone else’s benefit changes the dynamic of running.
I love to run for competitiveness, but now I also train to help others cross the finish line that can’t on their own. This exemplifies what 1 Corinthians 12:27 says, “We are one body of Christ.”
God put a passion in my heart to glorify Him through running. This is why I use the word “You” in Endurance4You.
I am Enduring Life for Him! Everyone’s You can be different, but mine is specifically for God.
Who would have thought a decade ago, that this non-runner mama, would now be a runner for God?
Spiritual Workout Challenge:
- What is your goal for Christ?
- How can you turn something you love into a tool that spreads Jesus to others?