When I step outside for my run, God’s presence surrounds me. I see him in the golden rays of sunlight through a canopy of red, yellow, orange and brown foliage. I feel him in the bite of cool, morning air. I smell him in the rich aroma of falling leaves. Running is God’s way of opening my eyes to his beautiful creation, revealing the joy to be found in the simple things.
As I run, I hear God speak to me through the movements of my body. With the pumping of my arms and legs, the pounding of my feet on the pavement, the beating of my heart, the expanding and contracting of my lungs, I hear him say, “I made every intricate part of your body that allows you to experience this world in so many different and wonderful ways. This is my gift to you.”
I answer him with every snap, crackle and crunch of leaves under my running shoes. With every deep breath I take, I respond, “Thank you.” To show my gratitude I straighten my shoulders, hold my head high and lift my legs higher, pushing myself to go faster, to go longer. I breathe in the pure spring air and breathe out the toxins in my body and in my soul. Endorphins burst like bubbles of happiness and flow straight to my heart, lifting it with joy.
It occurs to me that God’s most valuable gifts are often taken for granted. What other gifts do I take for granted? Then like a coach, I hear God encouraging me, “Your faith is my gift to you, too. Exercise it. Do not let it become weak or frail and let it atrophy. ”
With God as my coach, I realize that true strength in life comes from my faith. Through the training and conditioning of my body, I increase my flexibility, build strength and endurance. If I apply this discipline to the spiritual side of my life, I can develop the necessary skills to effectively pray, worship, and serve the Lord.
We find time for the things that are important to us. Period.
~ Scott Douglas, Scott’s Original Miscellany, Running Times – March 2011
I always find time to run. It doesn’t matter how hectic life is, I run through it. My goal for 2012 is to make writing as big a part of my daily routine. A day without a run makes me twitchy. A day without writing is just another day -I rarely give it a second thought until I go to bed and realize, “Shoot! I didn’t write today! Oh well.” Commence snoring, which is to say that a day without writing doesn’t plague me with guilt and keep me up at night like a day without running does. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t want to add more guilt to my life, but I do want to make writing as important as running so that I will be motivated to do it everyday. Now how do I do that?
Other bloggers have given me some great suggestions in just one word -
Cyndi reminds me to keep my focus on what is truly important – my relationship with the Lord. Running enriches this relationship and so does writing. Through running I grow closer to God and writing brings me closer to Him as well. By focusing on my faith, running and writing become monumentally important and worthwhile pursuits.
To me running is about the journey, not the destination. The very simple act of putting one foot in front of the other soothes frazzled nerves and renews my spirit. It can be the same with writing. Focusing on the simple act of writing and not on publishing the finished product, will go a long way in helping to make writing a daily habit.
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Are you an everyday writer who wants to make exercise an everyday habit? Is there a way we can help each other? Can I mail you a slice of my running drive and you mail me a sliver of your drive to write? Do you have a word for 2012?