Training Day 15………(Closer)

Training for the Race of Life…..Day 15 (Closer)
Closer – Everyday that I go for a run and type a blog I have the realization that I am that much closer to the April 3rd, 2011 Marathon in Knoxville, and to be honest it scares me. Sometimes just a little and sometimes a lot. I accidentally saved Blog #14 in my computer as Blog 143, when I did I thought on day 143 it’ll be almost race day, but then I realized that on day 143, it will be 3 days past race day, and that thought scares me.
I ran over 6 miles today but 6 is a long way from 26.2. 26.2 is a big number and just to be transparently honest it is a frightening number. Frightening because to get to 26.2 a lot of things will have to happen. A lot of changes will have to take place. It is a scary thought.
Life is like that sometimes isn’t it? Scary and scary in a more serious sense than running 26.2 miles (I hoping to get in 10 on Friday so maybe 26.2 won’t scare me as bad anymore) Life however can be scary. Almost constantly so if we aren’t careful. Because if we are honest with ourselves we find a lot of things to worry about don’t we. We worry about what is going to happen to us, what is going to happen to the ones we love, what is going to happen in our country, and what is going to happen in our world. We worry about health, about finances, about relationships, and just in general we worry about what the future holds.
One group of statisticians has surmised that only about 1 out of every 8 things that we worry about ever comes true. In other words over 87% of the things that we worry about don’t happen. Or another way to phrase that would be to say most of the things that we worry about don’t come true so when we worry we are just wasting our energy. Because even with the ones that do come true worrying about them doesn’t change them at all. Or as Jesus put it, “who of you by worrying can add one year to your life?” Worry wastes a lot of energy.
And in our world today especially during the Christmas season we need all of the energy we can get don’t we? I know I do, especially if I’m going to run those 26.2 miles. So lets quit worrying, lets stop being fearful, lets start trusting, and lets keep running with Jesus.

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