Background: I’m provided small handouts each time I meet with a select group of people. Although I suspect it may have duel reasons (one of those being they fully know adults are like small children – we need drawing paper), I enjoy completing the handout and later using the lesson to further not only my faith but also my running/life philosophy.
Recently we went through a study titled “Running Your Race”. Much symbology exists, in my opinion, between what I feel spiritually and how I approach training for an event. Not to say those who feel no spiritual calling can’t be super successful in what they train for. Knowing my dislike of the word balance, I prefer to think of this as a well-rounded approach. The below is a small snippet of a lesson…
Tidbits of running-applicable advice meant to guide our way through life:
1. Run with covering – honor those in authority
2. Run with ministry – serve others
3. Run with grace – don’t return evil with evil
4. Run with joy – choose joy
5. Run with prayer – prayers win the race
6. Run with gratitude – be thankful
7. Run with discernment – see what can’t be seen
8. Run with wisdom – ability to apply knowledge
9. Run with vision – teach others/fulfill your calling
#6 speaks loudest to me because I often find myself pondering my overall ability to run. Many may never receive this opportunity or it can be taken from them. It’s a gift to be able to use my two legs to run. Lately I’ve been feeling a little down because I’m no longer in a field of fitness influence. Normally there would be an office people parade of different fitness goals. Now, not so much, but a quote I continue to implore: “We may change the method, but the message prevails.” – D.R.
One’s method may look or feel different than another’s, but the message is the same: running uncovers things about ourselves we might not normally explore.
I ask you –
Thoughts on handouts? Wasted paper or useful?
Do you look for symbolism?
Share a favorite quote! My unspoken rule on RoF: bonus points if it includes curse words!