The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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07/21/2009

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"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on. however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it" (Heb. 12:11).

Well, we've set our goal and have been encouraged to enter the race. We've got the equipment we need, so what comes next? Practice....Practice....Practice!!! Only a foolish person, (or an obligated on like Pheidippides) would attempt to run a marathon without putting in the needed training. An elite marathoner's practice schedule is to say the least a grueling one. Many weeks they will run over 100 miles. Some of their training runs will be over 20 miles in length. As crazy as it sounds, since they are competing against the best in the world, "speed workouts" are done also. Most sprinters could run fast for as long as they can remember, but a distance runner probably doesn't have that kind of innate speed, so he makes up for it with exhaustive miles.

Endurance is a strange thing. There just are not any short cuts to it...It is attained only one way and that is by a massive amount of very consistent training over many hours. Anyone willing to put in the effort can gain endurance. So, just why would anyone want to put themselves through this? If we put back into our minds the idea of, "let us run with endurance the race marked out for us," we get a clue. The "marathon of life" is not always an easy one. For those who are willing to make the commitment though.... for those who will throw off anything that hinders us.... for those who will not let the sins of life ensnare us......There is the prize! The prize offered to the winner of this race is an awesome one.

The marathoner competes to win the prize. At Boston, it is a laurel crown. (not to mention the car and the $$$$) Most of the time during the last stages of the race, it becomes the hardest. At about 20-23 miles out, the body starts to rebel. Too far from the finish line to see, only the thought of the prize will keep us going, maybe even struggling to keep an even pace. "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter (finisher) of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of God." Now THAT is what we call keeping our eyes on the prize! Every day is a new one, complete with ups and downs. There are hard days and easy ones, but what remains as the constant is the prize...

I will finish these thoughts tomorrow...It would be good to RAK someone today....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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