Saturday, April 12, 2014

Running Is Hope

Running brings hope. Each run you step out in faith that your body will not fail you. That your legs will carry you on. 
When someone crosses a finish line a new hope is born; an 'I can do this is' is lit up inside them that translates into their everyday life. 
When someone survives their first marathon the reminder that they can do anything is reiterated. I'm personally reminded that my God is with me. 
This verse found in Isaiah is a little gem that rings so true for the marathon race and the marathon of life. There will be times you feel completely, utterly, and wickedly spent. But the good Lord holds you. And when the time is right he will lift you up. 

"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." 
(Isaiah 58:11 NIV)

Then there's running that brings hope across the world for others. There are those who can not and wished they could. So we encourage and run for them. Running can bring hope to people who fight for their dreams and fight for others dreams, wellness, cures, and support fundraisers. 


A noteworthy organization I came across, I Run 4 (Run For Michael), the idea is you email and get matched up with a person who cannot run due to a disability and you post, message and stay connected through a Facebook group and log your runs for them. 

"The mental and emotional encouragement for both runner and honorary runner is proving to be a whole new level of motivation and awareness.  Runners are able to find a whole new sense of purpose in their running while sharing who they are running for and bringing awareness to diseases and disabilities of all types."

Find the group here:
http://www.whoirun4.com

I love the running community. I've rarely come across a rude runner. Most have huge hearts, ready and willing to 'go the distance' in any circumstance for anyone. 

Happy Sunday. 

:-)

***Happy (& Blessed) Running!!!***

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