Endurance Run

This past weekend I participated in a 6 Hour Endurance Trek with 7 other IGo students and our lovely dean at Huay Tung Tao Lake. The course was a 3.5 km paved road around the lake and I completed 9 laps, a total distance of 20 miles. It was fun, invigorating, and awesome to spend time with these girls and time alone with God, but the next day I was quite sure that I had never felt so stiff and sore in my life! I had only known about the trek a week and a half in advance, and did almost zero preparation for the run. I realized later how silly this was, I could have covered more miles and hurt less afterwards, if only I had taken the time to prepare and train for the event. And my shoes………I wore my old tennis shoes that I’ve had for years, way back before Noah was born. They’ve served me well, and I wanted to wear shoes that I’m used to walking in, even though I knew that they have 2 very worn spots (holes) inside the front of the shoe from so much use. By hour 3 into the trek, I needed to tape the hot spots on the bottom of my feet from the friction of my damaged shoes. The coach also taped over the holes inside my shoe (which actually helped considerably, even though I was doubtful) and I got back on the track. The last few laps I couldn’t help but mentally kick myself for not training properly. And of course, I was thinking about my Christian faith and will I get to the end of the race (my life) and wish I had done things differently? How can I run with endurance this very short race of 70 years, more if God gives?

When I got home I researched some basic tips on how to improve my running stamina. I was amazed that these tips are essential to my Christian life as well:

1. Set realistic goals
What is my purpose and calling in life? God has a specific plan for each of us, and it’s different for every person. We were created for His glory, and to lift His name high in all the earth. Am I getting a heavenly vision of what God wants me to do with my life, writing down my priorities, and then setting goals to fulfill my calling?

2. Add more miles
Am I challenging myself in my Christian walk? And removing things in my life that are slowing me down? Once my purpose is defined and I know why I’m here, everything I do needs to be about running the race that God has planned for me.

3. Keep running regularly 
Am I falling in love with God’s Word? In order to grow stronger spiritually we must hear God speak to us. And since the Bible is God’s primary way of speaking to us we have to constantly be reading it to understand His will. Am I praying always? Prayer is our vital connection to the very heart of God. By being spiritually-focused we’ll have the heartbeat of God and His burden for the lost in our world. Finding God and His will for our life is all about our surrender to Him.

Finishing the last few laps around the lake, this is what I was thinking: I didn’t prepare for this physical race which has no eternal value, am I doing the same with my spiritual life which determines my eternal destiny? I want my life to be marked by earnestly seeking God and surrendering to His Lordship in my life.

 6 AM- Start Time

12 PM- Finish Line

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with ENDURANCE the race God has set before us. -Hebrews 12:1 NLT


  1. oh your shoes… so sorry! wish i would have known, i would have sent you some new ones….

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