In training.

Rob says that running in the rain makes you feel indomitable. I think it makes you wet. But that may be the same thing.

Here’s what I do know. If I ever need to, I can run 5K (3.1 miles) if the temperature is 24 degrees (F). I can even run 5K if the temperature is 18 degrees (F). And, if the weather is 50 degrees and raining, I can also run 5K.

<FW>I didn’t know any of those things until last week. I had seen people running, had heard about the delights of running, knew that some people chose to be outside in those conditions, but I wasn’t one of those people.

I have no need to feel indomitable. I have a growing need, however, to be growing.

Paul writes to his apprentice Timothy about training, saying  “train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

I’m understanding the value of bodily training right now. I’m more ready for challenges of temperature and exercise than I have ever been (which is scary when I consider all I can’t do).  I’m starting to train for a half-marathon in March, knowing it will take me that long. 

But I am working on understanding and clearly explaining what training for godliness looks like. Slowly at first. In easy situations. And then in colder moments, in darker times. Encouraging nice people as I learn how to encourage sad people. Forgiving small things, on the way to larger things. Being thankful for coffee to practice being thankful for criticism.

In case I ever need to.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

One thought on “In training.

  1. I too am realizing how much I need to grow. Love the connection to preparing and the being faithful in small things reminder if we don’t start there the bigger challenges are even tougher. You look like you are well equipped. 😉

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