My memory is not spectacular at times. However, I remember writing to you about running with my daughter a year or two ago. I thought I would update you on my progress.

My oldest daughter, Macey, and I like to run together. That is something special that we share. The only problem has always been that she is faster than me. Every time we go run a race somewhere, she pulls out and leaves me in the dust at the finish line. So, I decided it was time to teach her a lesson this year. I’ve been running harder, faster, and farther in my weekly runs just so I could catch up to her.

I did not know if it would work until one of our first races this spring. We were at the Pigg River Rumble 5K, which has its fair share of hills. At first, she was in front, until the hills came. I had been practicing running hills. That was where I finally caught up with her. She was huffing and puffing while I powered right next to her, a big grin on my face. It felt good to finally catch up to my ten-year-old.

One of the things that running has taught me is endurance. Never quitting until it is time to stop. That is such a valuable lesson for all of life, but especially for faith in God. We must endure in our faith even when we do not feel like it, when we do not think that God is there, and when we do not know what to do next. That was Paul’s encouragement to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, where he says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

I love what Paul says. He says that we run like someone with a purpose. We continue on in our faith for a reason and that reason is to receive a crown that will last forever. To receive that beautiful crown, sometimes we must dig our heels in and push on. Even when the hills of hardship come our way, do not give up. When you are tired and ready to give up in life, carry on and push yourself, knowing that God will be with you.

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