I was listening to a Christian radio station recently when I heard the title of this post during a song. It reminded me of a similar quote my friend Mike shared with me on Memorial Day weekend. We called it the “Memorial Day Fun Run” when I drove almost 800 miles to join two great Christian men for an incredible couple of days running in the Great Smokey Mountain National Forests through 3 states. It was absolutely beautiful and our first day started running about 12 miles on a trail that required us to make over 15 stream crossings. The 2ndday was amazing despite my need to drop out less than half way during a 50 mile “Fun run”. I was not happy that I couldn’t continue but this song brought back great memories from that day.
The 2nd day started off a little slow as we searched for the start of our trail in thick woods. We laughed that most people would think we were crazy for wanting to spend an entire day running in the forest (not to mention my commute). That is when Mike shared a quote he had heard, “All men die but only some live”. It was perfect and captured the moment since the idea of spending a day running in nature was truly living to us. Being able to enjoy God’s creation in this way is something that many will never experience.
Whether we run, eat, or drink…
The passage from Corinthians reminds us that whatever we do in life should be done for the glory of God. In doing so we truly live life to the fullest by utilizing the gifts we have been blessed with. I believe it is critical to look at how we spend our valuable time. It is scary that many studies suggest Americans spend most of their time on the internet, mobile device, or watching TV when they are not working or sleeping.
I think we all need to ask ourselves how do we best use the short amount of time we have on this earth to be good stewards of our bodies, the creation we have been entrusted with, and to help each other grow in our walk with Christ. This is easier said than done but running and praying are valuable tools that help us to strengthening our faith and bodies as we live each day.
God Bless and keep running,