Last week I ran 9.5 miles. After hooking up my iPod (I use Nike+ to keep tabs on running), my Nike+ homepage had a certificate on it. It said, “Congrats, you’ve just ran over 100 miles.” 100 miles. That’s like running to Detroit and back. I’ve run over 100 miles. Not only did I never believe that I could run 9 miles at once, 1 hour 45 minutes at a time, but I never thought I’d string this much running together. It’s amazing.
This morning I was talking to Grace and helping her study for a Social Studies test. She didn’t feel prepared although she had a day off the previous day and didn’t study much. We got to talking about the idea of diligence in the midst of the journey. I had opportunity to equate the running analogy with her. I shared with her that I couldn’t have just decided to get up and run 10 miles. I have to train regularly in the little things so I can celebrate the big things. The same holds true with her schoolwork. The same holds true for our journey with Jesus. I wonder how many miles I have run in my spiritual journey? How many left to run? I don’t know. But I’m gonna keep on running. Until I get that prize from Jesus. You know the one. The one that says, “Well done good and faithful servant.” In my spiritual life, that’s what I’m running toward.