Friday, March 03, 2006

Running's Parallel to the Spiritual Life

A good word from pleasantvalleyliz. I've also really found running to have a strong parallel with the spiritual life. Wow, especially on those hills really gets you praying. On a somewhat related exercise topic, when I was on a bike ride from Athens, GA to Jacksonville, FL (Yes, really) it seemed for a long while that there were no downhills. I started saying Bible verses and found particular comfort in Psalm 23. "Even though I walk (ride) through the shadow of the valley (didn't see many of those) of death I will fear no evil for You are with me." I think sometimes I can get close to God in those times of intense physical exertion where partial insanity is a bit of a factor. :)

This weekend I am in Atlanta visting the folks. While here, my mom and I are going to a conference on spiritual warfare at her church. The speaker made a good point in that many times we talk about prayer or reaching the lost but don't always actually go and do it. He also had us do an exercise of: Write down 10 people who you could share a prayer request with. Then write down 10 people you could share Christ with. Point being: while it is important to hang with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, it's also good to spend time with people who don't know the Lord to open opportunities to share with them about Him.

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