Running for the Prize vs. Running for Myself

Monday, December 02, 2013

Every morning I spend time in God's Word to learn more about Him, myself, and His plan for my life.  Today's scripture really spoke to me both in regards to life and fitness.  It was 1 Corinthians 9:24-27:

Paul loves to talk about races, and - being a runner myself - it's very easy for me to relate to his metaphors.  In this instance, he's very plainly telling us to not settle for mediocrity. Seems simple, right?  But if it's so simple, why do we have to be reminded over and over and over again?

I can only speak for myself, but I need the constant reminders because if it's not front and center, it's too easy to brush it off or put it off. It's extremely easy to say "oh, I can miss a day" or "I'm not feeling so hot; I can make it up tomorrow."  Have you ever thought those things?  Or am I the only one?  Let me be plain, here.  Those thoughts are nothing more than self-sabotage!  That cycle must be broken!!  Like Paul, I must "discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified."  I have to be the good example.  I have to set the bar. 

So how do I do that?  Quite simply, through this blog and through coaching.  These two things serve as accountability "checkers."  I cannot ask someone else to live in a healthy way if I am not doing it myself. 

So thank you, readers!  You are making me better!!

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