Recently my facebook status read, “Why run when you can drive?….Why drive when you can RUN!!!!”

I love running, it’s an amazing discipline and one that I treasure. There are not many things that can stop me from heading out for a run. I would say severe lightning is about it, I’ll run under just about any other conditions, heck, last year I ran in rain so hard my Garmin stopped working!

Running is so much more than just running, for me it’s a spiritual discipline, a call into the dark depths of my inner being, a place where I discover the true me and come face to face with the weakness of my sinful nature, it’s there, in that dark place, out on a lonely road somewhere that God begins to show me who I really am and it’s there that He gives me the opportunity to take up the challenge, to stand face to face with my dark self and in the midst of physical pain; to overcome, to defeat, to win the race and arrive at my destination a better human being than when I first set out.

But I must admit although I love running and have a passion for running, sometimes it’s hard.

Not only do I love running, but I also love sleeping, I seem to simply stop functioning as a human being on anything less then 7 hours sleep a night.

This morning my alarm was greeted with a grunt, a bit of a sigh and a moan as I reached over to turn it off at 04h10 after only 5 hours of sleep. It’s fortunate that I don’t function on less then 7 hours sleep because it’s these mornings that require and demand absolutely no thinking! If I for one minute begin thinking and wondering, “what am I doing?” or “perhaps I can have 10 more minutes”, if these thoughts are entertained for even just a moment, it’s game over, you loose, try again tomorrow morning.

And so without a thought I drag my tired body out of bed, perform my daily morning rituals and head for the club to begin the run at 05h00.

It’s easy to stay in bed, to give up, to loose the fight, each morning I choose to take up the discipline, I choose to enter the fight, I choose to stand face to face with my weak human nature, I don’t always win… but this morning; this morning I did!

“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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” – Hebrews 12:1-3

– Ray Orchison

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