They say there’s always the first time. Indeed, I never thought that I’d join a running event in my lifetime but I just did. Earlier today, I just finished a 5k run at the Race for Life event by Real Life Foundation held at the Every Nation HQ, Global City and boy, was I happy that I finally crossed the finish line. ( I learned that this event supports scholars of the Foundation.)
How did this Race for Life impact my outlook? It cultivated in me the habit of discipline. A few days prior to the event, I habitually went to ULTRA twice a week, to get the hang of it. At first, I thought, I’d have a heart attack because I can’t remember the last time I circled the Oval track and field at the ULTRA. The first time I went at the ULTRA to run, I was really gasping for air. But toward my last practice leading up to the event, I was circling the Oval 5 times non-stop! (of course, at my comfortable pace which is a little bit faster than brisk walking!)
And more than that, it renewed my faith in God. Yep, in spite of the many people in the Oval (many varsity athletes train there), I found solitude and intimacy with God. I learned that in every thing, whatever your goal is, you just have to put your faith and trust in God. No matter how hard or difficult your situation may be, know that God is in control. Never underestimate then the power of Faith.
What kept me going? I meditated on this verse every time I run:
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
After this experience, I hope to build on it. I may be like the ant, that will slowly work on something to achieve a goal. On my part, it’s getting back to my desired weight and possibly, a slimmer built over time.
So, a note to self: “Run” for God and finish the race that He has given you no matter what. It may be one of the best decisions I have ever made.
It feels good to finish the race no matter what, whether you’re running, jogging or just merely walking. It’s not so much about the prize to me, but more of having finished the race. To me, that’s what matters. Just like in life and your relationship with God. What matters is you were able to finish it and not quit the race. May I be like Paul when he said toward the end of his life:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7
This has always been my prayer.