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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's cold, but not too cold!

Today was another really cold run. Six miles in a 13 mph wind with the temperature hovering at 200. That made it feel like 80 outside with the windchill. Most people I run with wouldn't have recognized me probably, bundled up as I was. Sweatpants, a cap, and a jacket aren't my normal running attire, but seemed appropriate for the conditions.

It was a slow run, but I've resigned myself to running slowly as long as we're enduring this invasion of arctic air. I learned a long time ago not to complain about the weather, because somebody somewhere definitely has it worse, and because it could always be worse than it is here. Still, the longer this crazy cold weather continues to take over our normally moderate climate, I think the odds of encountering a migrating polar bear on my runs get greater every day.

Regardless of conditions though, I'm glad and I'm grateful God gives me the strength, will, and motivation to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

One of the hardest things to do, as Christian, or even as a person, is to be grateful sometimes. Sometimes it seems like everything's against us, piling up and making us want to do anything but go on. It's times like these when it's really hard to be thankful.

But Paul tells us here to be thankful in ALL circumstances, and he was certainly one who had a lot he could have used as an excuse to be anything but! He was beaten, imprisoned, and threatened with harm and death at nearly every turn. Elsewhere, he wrote that he had learned to be content in any situation, no matter how dire things seemed.

I won't lie and tell you that running in these harsh winter conditions is always pleasant, but I'm sure they aren't nearly as bad as the conditions Paul faced while traveling the world to spread the Gospel. I'm also sure they aren't as bad as the suffering Jesus endured on the cross.

Thinking about those two examples, it's a lot easier to be thankful for the opportunity to run, even when the conditions are miserable. So tomorrow, when it's even colder than it was today, I'll be out there again, bundled up, but out there pounding the pavement.

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