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04/24/2014

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The Marathon - Why Run?


"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.12:12-13).

Perhaps the biggest question asked about running a marathon is this... Why? Is it the months of grueling preparation that people enjoy? Is it in adjusting one's day so that they can fit in a training run, even if its cold, wet, windy or dark? A person does all of this to face the pounding of the pavement for the 26.2 miles of a the actual run. Maybe it can be boiled down to simpler terms that are explained in the economic world called "risk/reward..." Investors risk their money when they make investments. They only take the risks when they are able to see the rewards that they may gain. I think the apostle Paul explains it this way... "Whatever you do, work at it will all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward" (Col.3:23-24). For Pheidippides, it was getting the momentous message of victory to Athens. That was his reward... For each runner in the race, there is a special meaning about the competition... Train as hard as I can! Compete as well as I can! Savor the joy of completion! As Christians, we must all compete in the marathon of life... We are to work to the very best of our ability... "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart?" Why? Because we are working for the Lord and since we have made a commitment to Him, He expects our very best. When we love others, we are loving the Lord.... When we serve others, we are serving the Lord... When we fit in the time for one of those RAKs, (random, routine, or righteous) whether it is cold, wet windy, or dark, we are doing them for the Lord... All of these things are like mini-competitions that make up the marathon of life. If you have served someone and feel good about it inside, you have just won one of those races.. God wants us to compete for Him each day.. Lastly, when we see a person cross the finish line of a marathon, there is relief, satisfaction, and joy on their face... There is that big reward of eternal life with the Lord that we are all striving for, knowing that our labor has not been in vain because we have given our all... That's why we run...

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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