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

Friday, May 31, 2013

Daily Message: Colossians 2:6-7

I needed today's passage this morning on my run. For the past two months, I've run less than I have in the past two years. That's mainly because I went through the Insanity workout program and just didn't have much left for running after 40 minutes to an hour sweating with Shaun T.

Both yesterday and today, things got ugly on what should be routine 6 mile runs. But both days, the humidity was 89% when I started and the temperature in the mid 70s. Now that I'm finished with Insanity, I'm trying to rebuild my base mileage and get back to an average of 40 miles per week, but this is a tough time of year to ramp up weekly miles quickly.

I managed to get through the first 3 miles this morning without stopping, and a relatively decent pace. It went south after that though. It was walk/run the rest of the way in and it took me an hour and 9 minutes to finish the 6 mile route. That's the longest it's taken me to finish 6 miles in a really long time.
" 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." ~ Colossians 2:6-7

It's times like these when it's easy to get discouraged, and to just quit. But these verses in Paul's letter remind me that even when things don't go our way, we still have much to be thankful for. The same Jesus Christ, Savior, and Lord who died so that we might have eternal life in Heaven with Him is our source of strength to get us through these tough times.

So today, even though the run looks pitiful when you see the time and the pace, I am "overflowing with thankfulness" that He gave me the strength to persevere, to finish when I wanted to quit.

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