Friday, March 23, 2018

Faith on the Run

March 14, 2010 by  
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You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. (Job 11:16)

Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5:7-9a,10)

As some of you may know, one of my hobbies that I enjoy is to run. In college, I took a jogging class and had a wonderful instructor who taught me the proper way of running and the conditioning work behind it and after that class, I used to run all the time around Nacogdoches.

However, after college, I’ve gotten away from that hobby until this year. In fact, one of my 2010 goals is to run a 5K in 25 minutes or less. For me to reach that goal, there are a couple of things that I must do: improve my diet, and train 2-3 times a week. I ran the El Paso 5K run in Downtown in January and ran a time of 32:11, and after that, I realized that I’m going to have to make some changes in my training to get down to 25, so I did. I increased the incline to 2.5 on my treadmill and jogged right before my Tuesday, Thursday night basketball leagues to put extra work on my legs to prepare me for the race I ran today in Downtown Houston.

This morning, I got up early, got dressed and went to the Conoco Rodeo 5K run here in Downtown Houston. My goal was to try to cut my time by approximately 2 minutes to get within 30 minutes or less. I got off to a great start and ran the first two miles in 19:48; however, I started to fade at the end of the race and I had to speed walk three times because I was under the weather and sore from running on the pavement.

When I stopped to speed walk for the last time, I saw that my iphone said I was running for 28:00 minutes and I thought I wasn’t going to beat my time from the previous 5K run. I was really discouraged and started saying some words under my breath that are not suitable for children. Anyhow, one of the race volunteers yelled out to me “the finish line is near!” I asked him how far and he said, “Make the U-turn and the line is right there…” So I looked up and I saw that the line was .2 miles away and sprinted and guess what…I finished the race in 30:56 today!

Yes, despite me being sick with a cold and wearing down a tad early from having too fast of a start, I reduced my time from the January Race by a minute! So, you’re probably wondering what’s the point of me sharing this because it probably appears that I’m bragging about my athletic exploits, or lack of….

My objective is to let you all know that as what I, Eric, should have done per 1 Peter 5:7a, 9-10, I didn’t stay steadfast in my faith in my training. I had trained pretty hard over the past couple week by running on a steep incline on a treadmill for 30 minutes to strengthen my legs and play 1-2 40-minute games of league basketball afterward to prepare for tough conditions.

My training had prepared me for today; however, I had gotten discouraged towards the end of the race because I had gotten worried when I stopped and thought I missed out on a chance to beat my time. The volunteer had to remind me how close the finish line was and once I saw it, I was able to finish in a mad sprint and beat my time from last month by over a minute, which is significant in jogging. Of course, the Lord gave me the strength to run that race today; however, I had to prepare myself prior to the race and train accordingly to accomplish what I needed to do for today.

I’ve been guilty of doing the same thing in my personal life. I’ve found myself in moments where I’ve prayed over a certain situation, read the scriptures and then somewhere along the way, I get discouraged because I don’t see the end of the storm as quickly as I thought. However, God has been merciful in those times and use many methods, including brothers and sisters of the faith, to remind me or show me that this trial will pass and guess what, when it passed, I got wiser, stronger, etc.

I hope my silly story about the race today encourages you to not give up your faith in the Lord in whatever storm that you are in. I know there are some storms that don’t seem to have an end in sight such as unemployment, loneliness, recovery from an addiction, etc. Trust me, I’ve been there and while it’s not easy and perhaps I cannot relate with your particular situation, what I can say is that don’t give up faith.

Martin Luther King, Jr. never gave up faith in his pursuit of equality for blacks in the United States. He was mocked, jailed, threatened, etc. Yet, despite all the obstacles, he preached non-violence and his faith-opened doors that allowed blacks like me to have opportunities that were not even possible. His faith in the Lord carried him through during the Civil Rights era.

God will also carry you through in your situation as well. Just remember, God is in control and we are not. We cannot nor should we try to comprehend why we have to go through what we go through, but trust in Him knowing that if you have faith in the Lord, He will do a wonder. You just never know what He might be using you for…

With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.- (Matthew 19:26b)

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

Eric Pierre, currently working in the accounting profession, has been saved since he was 13 years old. Among his numerous accomplishments is being one of the seven Founding Fathers of the Abishai Chapter of the “Men of God Christian Fraternity” at Stephen F. Austin State University in the Spring 2002 semester. His passion is mentoring and working with inner-city children.

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One Response to “Faith on the Run”
  1. Friend and Love of Christ says:

    Jesus walked on water, but I know you will run on water! You will naturally run faster as your legs get stronger and those muscles get more accustomed to running. I know that as I run marathons and the pain sets in the verse “I can do all things through him who gives me strength” becomes a broken record in my mind. Infact during my last marathon my injury became so incapacitating and painful that I could barely walk. I could only limp along, and I was only into the 8th mile and didn’t want to quit. I prayed for the Lord to do something divine, because with every step I took there was a pinching in my knee that knocked the wind out of me. I wanted to cry. I had trained so long for this race, and couldn’t do it. The Lord healed me in that moment, and I ran that marathon faster then any other marathon. God is good! Treadmill training will help you zap time off in no time. Running is also a great time to memorize and meditate on God’s Holy Word.

    I’m currently in negotiations with my job right now. DC and Houston are the cities on the table. Maybe I’ll see you on the course one day!