It’s that time of year where people make new year’s resolutions to get in shape for the next year. This is pretty obvious when you go to the gym and the parking lot is fuller than usual. I’m still trying to get in shape, but I only have a couple main fitness goals for 2010:
- Complete my second SuperSprint Triathlon with a faster time than last year (54:52)
- Work to set a new personal 5k record under 25 minutes (or at least beating 25:10)
Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
More than training up my physical body that will not last (we’re only getting older every day), I need to remember to be training myself spiritually, reaching toward that heavenly prize. If I’m disciplined enough to wake up at 5 AM to swim, I can also be disciplined enough to wake up a little earlier to read my Bible and pray once in a while. If I can head straight to the gym after work, I can have my quiet time be the first thing I do when I get home too. It’s all about priorties and living in light of what we’re striving for. So a struggle for me at times is not allowing my race training and working out to get in the way of my time with the Lord. That is far more important and precious. It has lasting value.
So in 2010, I want to reach those fitness goals (and eventually my triathlon goal is to do a Sprint distance triathlon). More importantly, I want to be more disciplined in training myself up in the way of the Lord. Can we all encourage each other to take up this last challenge together?