I love the idea of running. The sheer accomplishment of saying you have run a marathon (or even a mini-marathon). Just waking up early to slip on your running shoes and heading out. What could be better? Well, that all sounds great in my mind. However, thinking it an accomplishing it are two completely different things. In order to be a runner, you must train. Someone doesn’t just decide one day to be a marathon runner and run a marathon the very next day. It takes time, dedication and perseverance. An athlete’s training is mentioned in I Corinthians 9:25, “Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They did it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness that cannot wither.” Training is not simply limited to the athlete. As Christians, we need train our hearts and minds to follow in the ways the Lord is leading because we each have a race to run. The great news is that there is a prize/reward for us in heaven depending upon how each one of us choices to run the race set before us. In Hebrews 12:1 it says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” We are told to run and not only run, but to run with perseverance. The Bible study I am going to highlight this week is “Becoming a Woman of Freedom” by Cynthia Heald. This is exactly what Cynthia focuses on throughout the 11 chapters of this study. Each chapter highlights a different aspect of how we should run in order to become a woman that is free. The chapters are fairly short with great questions at the end. The questions help you to delve deeper into the Word and learn how to set aside those things that hold you down, so that you can run the race that has been set before you. Even though the title suggests it is only for women. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to men as well.
I highly doubt that you will see me running in an actual marathon. However, I pray that I live my life in such a way that others can see that I am running a race for the Lord.