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Running

Track is open!

We have looked forward to this track season.

Bell has been training and running since last season.

It’s such a pleasure to see her find so much joy in the sport.

And there are so many applications for life within running a race.

I had been ignorant of the training which serious runners go through before our daughters began track.

There are so many hours of grueling training where the athlete disciplines their body.

Then when the actual race comes there is still more to it than simply “run”.

It all depends on the type of race.

Reflections of scripture bring track to an even higher importance.

“And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. ”

1 Cor. 9:25-27 NKJV

My daily walk with Jesus is a race.

I have to live according to His Word.

I’m striving to live daily

as a child of God

with Jesus as my example,

my coach,

my hero.

And I must hold to the standards Jesus set.

Those standards are my guide.

And as any track participant in our area will tell you,

you run no matter what.

I’ve watched athletes compete in sun, rain, hail, and snow.

I’ve seen them fall on the track and obviously be hurt.

Many times they get up and keep running.

I’ve seen them push for the finish line with so much zeal they collapse once they are across.

And I’m always encouraged.

I never like watching people suffer.

Yet the cost for them is worth it.

I understand.

No matter how grueling the training,

despite the current situation,

no matter the cost,

I run the race to win.

I’m running toward a finish line each and every day.

It’s the reward I want.

The greatest reward:

“Well done, good and faithful servant.”

And nothing is better than those words spoken by my Savior.

He’s the reason I run.

Finishing well

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The year is drawing to a close.

As it approaches the automatic response is to skip forward to next year, or to spend time in reflection.

Yet the last few days between old and new should be alive with the present.

If there was a reminder to live in each day it should be these.

Why?

Because as the year changes, the obvious comes into focus.

There is no going back.

Once a day is past, it’s gone.

Once a week has completed, it’s over.

Once the calendar changes, it’s finished.

Since the only change which can occur is in today let’s, value each one, live it.

“I’ll learn to control my temper when…”

“After the holidays I’m going to be sure to drop her a card. ”

“Why start on being organized during all the busy? I’ll get to it right after the New Year.”

Yet it is today which holds the keys to the future.

If we are unwilling to change today, what makes us think we will change tomorrow?

There’s no responsibility in tomorrow.

If some changes are in order,
if you simply know of an area in need,
if an item or two in your heart is pressing,
finish 2014 well,
by dealing with it today.

Live,
each moment because today is all you have
Love,
those around you more than yourself because they too are created by God and He died for each and every one
Laugh,
but not at others, instead include people in your life and love and you might suddenly find laughter is so much sweeter when shared.

Most of all,
be thankful.

Today is really a gift.