Running with Courage8:15:00 AM
Most of you know that I began running this past January. It has been an up hill and down hill battle (literally) and I am pleased to say that this is the first thing I have ever "stuck" with for this long in my dream to be physically fit!
This morning, on my morning run I was thinking about my journey as a runner and how far I have become. I have went from a meek, in confident and somewhat pitiful runner (which you can read about here) to someone who is finally confident and determined about my ultimate goal. I know longer halt to a walk when a car comes my way in fears that they will laugh at the way that I run, nor am I ashamed to tell other's that I AM a Runner. Let's be clear here... I am still very slow and my distance isn't that of a marathon or even a half, but I have made progress physically and definitely emotionally. I am now a confident, bold, courageous runner... which got me thinking??
If I can transform myself in the way that I run physically, can I then transform myself in the way that run for the Lord spiritually? Let's be real... I am pretty bold and confident when it comes to writing how much I love Jesus, but can I talk about him. Can I present the Truth, His love, and His Promises to a stranger, or even more challenging, a dear friend who needs the love of Christ?
I have always struggled with this. I have been praying for a purpose, a purpose that really matters and truly gratifies my Father. I have been praying for all of these things and this is one that lays deeply on my heart. I pray that the words that come so easily out of this blog, will begin to come out of my mouth in a dramatic way that will transform the lives of others, just as He has transformed me. I have come a long way... He has changed me in more ways that I can imagine. If you know my past, your know how so.
So that's what I want to do... I pray that I can run with courage, not just physically, but spiritually. That He would bring life to my words and people in my path that need to hear about His love. I pray that the opportunities will arise easily, which will prepare me for more difficult opportunities.
Will you join me in this prayer?