If a runner wants to be a good runner, of course he runs. But what does he do when he’s not running? Does he sit around and waste his days away in between workouts and races? Of course not! He lives his life, as I’ve said before, making conscience and sub-conscience decisions that will make him a better runner. Meals, snacks, sleep, rest, mental strategies, and more. Bad habits can easily be formed that could be detrimental to our race day turnouts if we are not consciously aware of our daily actions.
I have a race coming up in September and since I mentally signed up for it, I have been preparing each day. I’ve been doing speed runs, strength training, resting, mentally preparing, nutrition, and throwing in a couple tempo runs, besides cycling on off days and normal runs.
The only difference in real life for preparing for upcoming challenges is the fact that we don’t know when the next valley will be. All we can do is prepare, knowing that there will be “races” in the future. One thing I have become so grateful for this year is the fact that valleys and difficulties do not last forever. God is gracious to stand beside us in our training and will not push us farther than he knows we can go.
If you have a personal trainer for any kind of physical activity, they will push you farther than you think you are able because they know you can do more than you think you can. Our minds seem to hit a plateau that when something, no matter what it is, becomes uncomfortable, it tells us we need to stop. And a lot of the times we are obliged to follow the command. But have you ever pushed yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of and felt so rewarded afterwards? Not talking just physically, but anything. Like pushing to finish that last item on your check list even though your mind is telling you it’s time for bed.
Jesus said we can’t do anything without Him. But God then turns around and says that we can do everything through Christ.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”John 15:5
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”Philippians 4:13
Lately God has been applying these areas to my life, reminding me that I can’t control my tongue, I can’t control negative thoughts, I can’t use self-control, I can’t prioritize and use my time wisely, but if I yield these areas to His control, Christ can do these things through me. I always used to wonder how this concept works and Jesus is still teaching me this, but I have been learning, a little bit at a time, that I can do all things through Christ.
This week, let’s put to practice these two verses by allowing Christ to work through us so we can be ready for whatever comes our way each and everyday.