Some of my best thinking is done when I don’t have to think. Those “lawn mower moments” as someone once put it.

Some people lie awake in bed thinking. But I have solved lots of life’s problems killing weeds, vacuuming floors, and giving my dog a bath. So I had a revelation on a morning run the other day…a time when my mind can rest as my body…does NOT rest…That revelation was…First of all, I am definitely not as young and spry as I used to be. 

Secondly, I could be running longer and with less effort if I would do this more consistently.

A couple of years ago, one of my cousins lost over half her body weight, running marathons, and accomplishing things she didn’t think were possible only one year before. I’ve been exercising and running off and on all my life; but a marathon?! My couple miler in the morning was about all my body would allow.

The difference between her and me? Training…and a whole lot of discipline.

She surrounded herself with the right routines, the right foods, and the right people to help her on her journey. She knew where she wanted to be in a year and did what it took to get there. I admire her persistence and dedication.

What are we training for in our spiritual walk?

Do we look at others who seem tight with God and wonder how they did it? Are we content with where we are or do we want to accomplish the closeness with The Lord we never thought was possible? If so, we have to surround ourselves with the right routines (discipline), the right foods, (our daily bread), and the right people (brothers and sisters in Christ).

It’s going to require some sacrifice, some sweat and maybe even some “weeding out” in our lives. But the result? As my cousin put it- the only way to get different results is by doing something different.

If we are wanting the closeness with God that He tells us is possible then let’s take a look at our exercise regimen.

“…Run In such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”
-1 Corinthians 9:24-25

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