|Where does the trail lead?|
|My family, (minus our oldest!), in Wisconsin.|
|Which one has more hair?|
I have thought about just giving up running...but I know what will happen if I do...and the ramifications wouldn't be good. Running cannot be more important than God, yet it draws me near to God. Running cannot be more important than my wife and kids, yet, it often allows me a way to get out my stress so I am good to live with at home! Plus, it has enabled us to see some pretty cool sights on various trips we have taken together. It has also been a treat to run with my wife and kids from just around the block to local races to running and hiking in the mountains, something I hope to continue to do with them. I have had some special moments I will remember with each of them as I saw them complete certain events. Running also cannot be more important than work, yet it allows me to be in good enough shape to meet the physical demands of my work and has done so for a long time.
|My 2 oldest atop Sacajawea, outside of Bozeman, MT, 2015.|
Running cannot fill that hole in our souls. Only God can do so. But, if He does, then running, and anything that shows forth His glory, can be an outworking of that joy. I want my running to be joyous. Now, I am not naive, it will still be hard, tiring, and often lack joy at times, but less so, if I can put it back into proper perspective and in the right priority in life.
|I am very thankful to Sportland Tea, BibRave, and The Ginger People for being able to represent each of them as a brand ambassador and for all their encouragement.|
I am reminded of that joy every now and again when the theme song from the movie Chariots of Fire comes up on my old iPod Nano that I still run with for music and podcasts. One of the main characters in that film, Eric Liddell, was good at finding joy in his running while keeping priorities right in life. At one point, he turns to his sister who is chewing him out for putting running before everything else and forgetting his goal to be a missionary to China, and speaks these words...
"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel his pleasure."
|This post is dedicated to my wife, whom I have been blessed with and love.|