Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Back on the Road--After the Marathon

Sunday was my toughest marathon in quite a while, for a number of reasons I detailed the other day. So, for the first time this calendar year, I took off two days in a row from running, Monday and Tuesday. But this morning I made it back out on the road, with still-stiff legs when I started. Before the miles were done though, the Good Lord had me feeling good and ready to get back at it.

Two days of sitting around, doing little to nothing, may not sound too bad to many, but it's kind of tough on me. This morning, my body and mind were trying to convince me that 3 days in a row wouldn't hurt anything. "Why not take today off too?" that little voice inside my head was whispering. (You know, that little evil voice. Not the Good one.) When the alarm went off, I turned it off, rolled over and went back to sleep. It looked like the little voice had won.

But an hour later (thank God for Spring Break this week!) I did climb out of bed, let the dog out, and prepared to run. Better late than never, right?
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." -- 1 Corinthians 10:13

Temptation! That's what it was. That little voice inside my head was the devil trying to throw me off track, trying to convince me that I didn't need to get out there on the road. It happens to us all, in running and in life. We're tempted by the Evil One who seeks to draw us away from the will of God.

The thing to remember is this promise from God--that we are not alone. Others battle the same temptation, the same demons that work against us. And more important, that He will not give us more than we're capable of handling, and that He will ALWAYS provide us a way out. He always provides us a way out!
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." -- Ephesians 2:10

God wants you in His will. He wants you to do the things He has assigned you to do, good works he puts in your path to do, for His glory! Yes, we will be tempted to stray, to turn away and take another path, away from those good deeds, away from glorifying Him, but we have a choice.

We can choose to turn away, or we can choose to turn and follow Him. Today I was tempted, but I thank Jesus for giving me the strength to get back out and hit the road, so I can follow His will.

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