Chariots of Fire

Am trying to find a runner’s group to help acclimate me to the task. 

Running was never a strong point with me and since I choose to remain in the military I need to find a way to decrease my time so that I won’t feel this pressure every time there’s a fitness test…like this week.

Running is one of my Damocles’ swords…this hung over my head since my initial enlistment. The only time I maxed the run was in basic at 17 minutes. Standards have changed so for someone in my age group I have to run in less time than say back when I was a private.

One important element in physical endurance is faith in onself…faith in something, no matter what you believe in when you have to tackle a difficult task it’s good to have a fire, a passion to keep you going when you know you have to cross that finish line:

Eric Liddell: You came to see a race today. To see someone win. It happened to be me. But I want you to do more than just watch a race. I want you to take part in it. I want to compare faith to running in a race. It’s hard. It requires concentration of will, energy of soul. You experience elation when the winner breaks the tape – especially if you’ve got a bet on it. But how long does that last? You go home. Maybe you’re dinner’s burnt. Maybe you haven’t got a job. So who am I to say, “Believe, have faith,” in the face of life’s realities? I would like to give you something more permanent, but I can only point the way. I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within. Jesus said, “Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me.” If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race.

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