I’ve run a few marathons (26.2 miles) and a lot of 10Ks (6.2 miles). Let me tell you you something… If you have not “put in the miles” ahead of time – in training in preparation for the road race – if you have not “hardened your legs” to the distance, when the day of the race comes the distance and the road will tell you whether or not you’ve adequately trained! How do I know that? I’ve experienced the pain, the frustration, the disappointment of not being able to finish!
The lesson? Put in the miles! Don’t let anything stand in the way of adequate training! Get up early, prioritize your training schedule, do whatever you have to in order to finish strong!
Thought of that this morning as I read these words from 1 Timothy 4 (Apostle Paul’s challenge to young Timothy…)
“Train to be godly! For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, holding promise for the present life and also for the life to come!” (from 1 Timothy 4:7-8)
Gotta tell you, I desperately want to be able to say what Apostle Paul did as he approached the finish line of his “life course”…
“I have fought a good fight! I have finished the race! I have kept the faith! Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day – and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
Somehow I think Apostle Paul had run a road race or two! Listen… I WANT TO FINISH STRONG! Don’t you?