Running has become a big part of my life.
It’s become a platform from which God teaches me a lot about life. It has become very important to me.
Even though it started out with a simple intention to try something new, it eventually led to a love/hate relationship. Now that I’ve had four days being off this past week recovering from a sickness, I’ve realized that I finally love running.
I love the hard days.
I love the feeling of my body getting stronger the harder I push.
I love the easy days.
I love the recovery runs.
I love the hill workouts.
I love learning and experimenting how to fuel and hydrate properly.
I love tackling and taking my thoughts captive, watching it completely transform the workout.
I love the community of people and how encouraging they are to one another.
I love the motivation it gives me to get out of bed early and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I love the chance it gives me to spend time in God’s presence while being out in nature.
I love tackling niggles before they become injuries.
And my favorite… I love the problem solving!
I started to wonder, What has caused my increase of enjoyment in running recently? And I’ve noticed a pattern. The more I fall in love with Jesus, the more I love running!
But it’s not just my love for running I’ve noticed a change in. I’ve been noticing that I actually enjoy cooking, cleaning, working, shopping, writing, and pretty much whatever else I put my hand to. (Except trying to find a certain food out of an overly stocked freezer, or trying to find a certain item out of an overly packed storage closet. I’d do just about anything to avoid those tasks and honestly do at all costs. Yet somehow I’m always nominated to find it. Go figure.)
Do you think it’s a coincidence that the more I fall in love with Jesus the more I enjoy life? I don’t. No matter what God leads me to do, my motivation to do it seems to be expanded because of my love for Jesus. The more I spend time with Him, the more everything else seems to be enjoyable. The more I focus on Him the less importance things have in my eyes. So that causes me to be less stingy (and I say less for a reason) and more flexible.
Not only has this made life so much more enjoyable, it keeps my stress levels down a lot more.
I never would have imagined where my simple obedience in following God’s leading to continue running would lead me. Over time He encouraged me to invite Him to run with me and now I run with Him in every area of my life!
So in conclusion, I love running because that is what God chose to draw me to Himself. Into a relationship I never thought would be possible. And it’s completely changed my life. Why do you love running?
Want some motivation to take that first step in running with the desire God has given you? Then check out this month’s MMM episode on the podcast!
Love ya’ll, Happy Running!
Ep. #21 The Top Three Frustrations of a Runner and What to do About Them – Be Still And Run by Alli Anne
Scriptures Mentioned in the Podcast:
“…He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” -Hebrews 13:5