Don’t run to train, run to know

Aug 6, 2012Heal from the past

On my run a few weeks ago, training for a half marathon using this plan, the Lord spoke so plainly, I wondered if He ran nearby. He said, “Don’t run to train, run to know.”

I felt near elation in the mention because, of course, He was right (again).

I should not jog to train for this half marathon. I should hit the road because it’s a perfect time for me to reacquaint myself with the Almighty.

You can also substitute a few words and personalize it for you.

How about:

  • Don’t work to get ahead, as you work, discover Jesus.
  • Don’t create art to produce something, create to grow closer to the Creator.
  • Don’t sing to impress, sing to understand your heart before Jesus.
  • Don’t check off your to do list to feel satisfaction, check it off while thanking Jesus for the ability to do so.

We can turn everything around in our hearts and minds when we refocus on Jesus. Then life becomes a surprising adventure, full of hushed discoveries of our amazing God. 

When I run, I hear God. 

When I jog through my neighborhood park, ideas pop into my head that I hadn’t had before. It’s like a laboratory for ideas, and often those ideas come from Jesus. While it is super fun to get in shape and accomplish a goal, inevitably, it’s even more fun to feel like I’ve communed with Jesus during all that sweat and gore (if you watched me run, you’d understand this; and perhaps “run” isn’t the right word.)

So whatever you do today, don’t just do it to do it. Do it for the glory of God, to know Him, to find Him, to be near Him.

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:41, NLT

Q4u: What activity do you do today where you could refocus on Jesus?