I have learned to embrace running as a lifestyle. In fact, in a few minutes I’m going to run again. Last December 8, 2011 I wrote a blog about the things I learned from my experience in running my first ever 10KM race (Race for Life 2011). I had 6 major learnings that I would want to repost and share in this blog spot for the next 6 blog entries. So here goes, hope you’ll get blessed by this:
Life is like a Race, both have a beginning and an end. Both take time to finish. Both will take you on a journey. I believe that it’s not unusual for the two to have a lot in common because even the Bible compares Life to a Race. The Apostle Paul used the word Race in the New International Version six times as a metaphor for Life.
A month ago, me and my church mates joined the the annual fund raising event: “Race for Life” organized by the Real Life Foundation. It was my second time to participate in this event and my first time to sign-up for the 10K category. While I was running, God revealed to me a lot of things regarding the similarities of Life and Race. It was one of those divine moments where I felt God just speaking to me at different points in the Race. I felt God telling me: “This is a picture of your life, learn from the metaphors that I am giving you so that you can see how life is designed”. The revelations from that race were so amazing that I just have to share them. Here are my revelations:
1) Life is a Marathon not a sprint
When the race started, there were a lot of people who were ahead of me at first, I estimate them to be around 150-200 people. However, instead of trying to beat them early on by increasing my speed, I chose to stick to my game plan and pace myself for the first few minutes. Later, this would prove to be beneficial because I was able to sustain my pace and even increase it a bit. From my experience, I learned that if I chose to rush things in running, it would backfire because my legs will get tired and I’ll be out of breath early on.
Similarly, life is a marathon and not a sprint. We tend to do a lot of things, multitask and speed up certain activities. In life we will need stamina and endurance so that we wil be able to accomplish more later as the years pass. The risk we take if we always rush things and perform at a high pace is that of being burnt out. Later in life we may probably get too tired and have no more energy when we need it the most.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Patience is a virtue 🙂