That's what the temperature was when I stepped outside for this morning's run, the first sub-freezing run of the season for me. When people hear that I ran this morning, the typical response is, "You're crazy!" or something along those lines. Most of them probably think that about me on nice days for running anyway, but some only believe running is insane when the weather is too hot, or too cold, or too wet, or too windy, or too [fill in the blank here].
The reality is, it's easy to find an excuse not to run. Just like every other thing we know we should do in life, we can always come up with a reason not to. But in life, the chores don't stop piling up, they don't get finished either, unless we jump in and get them done. This winter, I have several upcoming races, and it doesn't matter what the weather is on race day, we'll be running. Looking at it from that perspective, holing up inside on cold, wet, windy, or any other adverse weather days doesn't make much sense.
"Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, ~ 2 Peter 1:10
God has a plan for each and every one of us. For me, that plan is to teach and to run. More specifically, to spread His Good News through my teaching and running. If I make excuses not to run, I jeopardize my effectiveness at fulfilling His calling. But I'm "to make every effort" to follow through on God's plan for me. Every effort.
If I let a little cold or rain stop me from running, it's like telling God, "I'll do what You want me to do, but on my terms. Not Yours." While that might avoid me a little discomfort today, it might leave me squirming and looking away on judgment day, when I have to account for my actions here on Earth. I'd much rather face a little temporary discomfort down here, than to explain to God why I refused to do what I was called to do here.
So, come on winter! Bring on the cold and whatever else you have to throw at us. Just know that whatever weather we're dealt, God willing, I'll be out there running. Every step, every mile, every run and every race is by His mercy and for His glory!
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