I’ve registered for a 1/2 marathon this fall and it involves a schedule of exercise that has proven to be a challenge to maintain. Each run is longer than the previous run and requires more time and more energy from this tired mom with very little extra time and little energy.
I use a 6 month training program that I have managed to stretch into a 9 month plan. I’ve given myself time for holidays, sick days, and uninspired days. There have been weeks missed due to conferences and illness. Something I didn’t account for, was the effect of lost momentum those “off” weeks created.
After returning home from a conference or regaining my heath, I don’t want to carve out 2+ hours, three times a week, for training. But, lucky for me, I’m running with my niece who is expecting me to be at the start line with her in September. Knowing she is depending on me inspires me to get off the couch and back out there.
Today, as I recover from a sickness that landed me in bed for 2 days I think on Beth Moore’s words. “When it comes to Scripture memorization, think marathon – not sprint.”
Think marathon, not sprint. I’ve been memorizing Scripture with some friends and, this week, I’ve felt discouraged that illness has kept me from focusing on my verses. Think marathon, not sprint. I’m in training for something far greater than a medal after 13 miles; I’m after a crown. I’m after a “well done, my good and faithful servant.”
And those friends meeting me here at the start line of memorization will cheer me on to the finish. We are training under a God who believes in us more than we believe in ourselves. His strength is perfect when we are weak.
So, today is a new day. I pick up where I left off. Fresh motivation surges through my body. I’m in this for the long haul. It’s a marathon. It is a race to hide God’s Word in my heart. By His strength, I will cross that finish line.
*updated post from the archives