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Training for the Race of Life.....Days 82 and 83 (Encouraging Words)


Training for the Race of Life…..Days 82 and 83
 Yesterday was simply a rest day after the long run of Thursday.  I felt surprisingly well after putting in all the miles on Thursday but I felt that I still needed to rest today to allow my body a chance to recover.  People who have run marathons tell me that this is vital in your preparation for the big day.  So I rested and I thought and I read a lot of things on running marathons to try to gauge where I am at, not physically but mentally. 
 Yogi Berra once said, “baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half physical.”  Certainly running a marathon falls into that category as well.  So my question is am I going to be mentally ready come April 3, 2011?  As I said yesterday I am struggling with doubt and I’m just not sure.
 In the midst of my reading however I came across an article by a man who ran the Disney World Marathon this past year and I will have to say it was extremely inspiring.  He talks about just simply enjoying the journey, taking in the sights and the sounds of the run, and just enjoying the day.  He describes his run through Disney World and how he was feeling at each mile marker and I will have to say after I read his words I had a no found enthusiasm to run.  He had encouraged me and I was thankful.
 Because of that I went to bed resolved that I could run this race, I could complete the course and that I was going to enjoy the journey along the way.  Then this morning when I got up I decided to just simply go run.  And run I did, putting in around 9 miles before I finally stopped, so I could spend some time with the family and get ready for worship tomorrow. 
 I’ll have to say though that this was one of the most enjoyable runs that I’ve had in a long time.  It felt new, fresh, and exciting.  I was tired after it was finished but I was also rejuvenated and focused.  I will probably never meet the man who wrote that article but I can tell you this I would love to just simply tell him thank you.  Thank you for encouraging me. 
 I wonder as we run this race of life, who in your life, who along your journey do you need to encourage?  Perhaps its someone who is down, who is struggling, who has received bad news from the doctor.  Perhaps it is someone who is lonely, or just an old friend.  Perhaps its someone who appears to have it all together but has been on your mind a lot lately (we never really know what is going on inside of another person).  Perhaps its your spouse, your children, or your parents.  Who do you need to encourage?  If I wouldn’t have read that man’s words would I have ran the marathon? I’m not sure, but I know this because I read his words I am resolved to not only run but also to enjoy the journey along the way.  His words gave me the encouragement  that I needed at just the right time.  Again who do you need to encourage today?
 Keep running with Jesus and remember with Him you will never run alone.  Be encouraged by that.