Endurance

As I was jogging down a small slope this morning, I passed another jogger who commented on how much he liked going down hill, so much more than up hill.   I tend to agree with him.  Downhill is so much easier on your muscles, lungs, at times it almost feels like someone else is doing all the work. 

However, going downhill will never get you anywhere, eventually you will need to go uphill.  Downhill also limits the growth of your muscles.  With gravity doing all the work, your ability to gain strength and endurance as a runner, is very limited. 

In life we can get preoccupied with downhill.  We can try to run the race of life always going downhill, with little effort and very little adversity.  We can avoid the trial and tribulations of life, playing it safe and with little effort.  The problem with downhill is that we make very little progress, and are often weak and without alot of endurance.

Playing it safe means staying very close to your comfort zone, sometimes trusting in yourself over God's ability to work in and through you.  I see this most common when it comes to witnessing.  Most people would rather do it from the sidelines, staying out of the actual game. 

Unlike running, in life, hills will come.  Will you be ready to run?  Will you have the strength and endurance to "run the race with endurance (Heb. 12)?

 

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Polly wrote:
I'm not quite sure how to say this; you made it exrteemly easy for me!

Fri, March 8, 2013 @ 8:09 AM

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