Running to me used to just be about getting the job done–a means to an end, a part of my sports growing up, staying fit and building self-confidence. But it’s interesting because as I have grown in my Christian faith, I have also realized that running has spiritual meaning too. Long runs on my own are the time where I best sort through life’s challenges and witness God’s glory in nature. When I’m out running with friends, exercise is where we all let down our guard and are at once free to be who we are, no matter what skill level.
The Bible uses many quotes that pertain to “running the race”. For example, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 says, Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
As the Lenten season has arrived, I am going to help drive this home a bit more through RethinkChurch.org’s Lenten Photo a Day challenge. This is a bit uncoventional from “giving something up” so that we might better understand what Christ experienced during His 40 days journey in the desert. And although I’m not quite sure where these images will strike, I hope that I can spend these next 40 days disciplined with a bit more awareness of my surroundings. This will be a time for introspection, sharing and more clearly appreciating Easter.
So here goes nothing–an opportunity to grow my faith in a new way. What will you do this season?