Life can sometimes feel fresh and new. A new season, a marriage, a new job, a new child, a new pet; we celebrate change with parties, with song and with dancing. And cake. Can’t forget about the cake.
But, more often than new, life can feel endless and repeating, day after day the same thing. Evening after evening bathing the kids, day after day packing lunches, morning after morning coffee not getting drunk because life is busy. Where do we turn in the mundane? Do we turn to food? To shopping? To tv? Or Facebook?
Or, do we turn to God?
Training for a long distance race takes a lot of time and a lot of focus. Depending on your speed, you may spend 5-10 hours of your week running. These hours are sacred. You cannot make phone calls on a run, you cannot look at social media, you cannot answer emails or run errands or manage children or do dishes. You may have music or a friend or even Netflix to watch but anyone who has done it will tell you: after a while, the running begins to feel tedious and time consuming.
This is the pivotal point; do you keep on running, even though your brain is bored and had enough? Do you push through the mundane run and finish your miles? Do you stop and find something else to do that may be easier? Where does your mind turn if you get to the mundane point?
Life is just like endurance running. Sometimes, we get so caught up in needing things to be new and exciting that we seek things we shouldn’t for the thrill. Sometimes, we don’t stick with the training. But, what we should do is turn to God for fulfillment.
Prayer strengthens us daily. Just as we must exercise daily to keep our bodies fit and push ourselves to get faster and stronger, we must also keep our line of communication open with God to strengthen our relationship with Him and grow our faith. We can always seek God in our everyday. He can be a source of comfort in our trying times, a source of joy when it seems none can be found. All we have to do is call out to Him and He will answer.
Run Hard. Pray Harder.
Hebrews 12:1-2 1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.