Training for the Race of Life......Days 99 through 105 (Consistency)

Training for the Race of Life…….Days 99 through 105 (Consistency)
  This week was largely an uneventful week running wise, I was able to get in 5 runs during the week and with some walking I totaled about 34 miles.  As the marathon draws closer (its only 5 weeks away now), I am told by people in marathon training and also by people who have ran marathons before that it is extremely important to log 30 plus miles a week as you approach the big day. 
 The only way to do this is to be consistent.  You have to consistently run 4 days a week and some weeks 5 or 6 days a week to log this many miles and to get ready to run a marathon.  In other words consistency is the key.  There will be days when you don’t feel like running, there will be days when you don’t want to run, there will be days when you actually hate the thought of tying your running shoes, and there will be days when finding time to run is almost impossible (and sometimes it will be impossible), but in order to successfully train for a marathon, you have to overcome those things.  You have to be consistent.
 Consistency is not only key in long distance running, consistency is also key in life, and that is especially true in our walk with God.  The Bible says we are to “love Him with all of our heart” (that’s consistently).  It says “if we love Him we will obey His commandments,” (again that’s consistency).  And Jesus tells us that in order to be His disciple “we must take up our cross DAILY.” And certainly that implies consistency.  We are also told to “rejoice in the Lord always”, which means consistently.  And we are commanded to “give thanks in all things”, which again means consistently.
 We are told to meditate daily on the word of God.  We are exhorted and encouraged to pray without ceasing (that is certainly consistently isn’t it).  And these are just a few examples.  In short we have to be consistent in our walk with Jesus. 
 And if we are honest there will be times when we are tempted not to be.  We will be tempted to fall into sin and take our eyes off Jesus.  We will be tempted to doubt.  We will, if we aren’t very careful, get to busy and neglect our relationship with God.  Some days we will “feel” very close to Him, and some days we will “feel” that He is a million miles away (He is but He is also right beside of you).  On those days our consistency can waver, but we have to remember we are not told to walk by feelings, but to walk each day (consistently) by FAITH. 
 We must make up our minds (as Daniel did, he “purposed in his heart”) to be consistent in our faith.  To not get distracted, to not doubt, to not be controlled by sin or by feelings.  We must everyday through the power of the Holy Spirit, trust in the Lord more and more and consistently walk with Him.  So keep running everyday with Jesus, and keep glorifying Him. 

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