What are you training for?

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“So, what are you training for?”

This is a question that I’ve heard a lot over the last couple of days. It’s a small community. When you run past people’s houses multiple times a day, multiple times a week, they notice. And if they know you, they wonder what you’re up to. So this question has really gotten me thinking over the weekend…

What AM I training for? My answer has typically been, “well, I’m hoping to run the base-to-base run this spring.” That makes sense to people – I have a goal in mind that I’m working toward. And it’s true, but that race isn’t my end goal.

So, why do I run until I’m drenched with sweat? Or why do I lift so heavy that my muscles are so sore the next day that it hurts to sit? Why to I push my body like this when I know I’ll never be the fastest runner or the strongest competitor? The real answer is “I’m training for life.” Life is tough. It’s crazy. It’s not a sprint or a marathon – it’s one big interval run. Sometimes we’re pushing so hard we don’t know how much longer we can go. Sometimes we’re running along at a good pace and feeling great. Sometimes we have to slow down and recover. But no matter what part of the race we’re in, it’s important to be physically ready. When I workout, I’m a better mom, a better wife, a better friend, & a better Christ-follower because I know that I can do my best at whatever it is that He is calling me to do. I’m called to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30)… I think that so often we worry about the first three and forget about the fourth.

So, what am I training for? I’m training to run the race in such a way as to win the prize. And the race is life.

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