I have been a runner for 10 years now. Albeit, very slow and not very graceful. But, 10 years is a lot of miles- some slogged and some euphoric. But the last 6 months have brought my feet to a halt due to injury.
And during that time, I have struggled to maintain passion and I have struggled to discern if running is my idol. I mean, the last 5 1/2 years my running has been all about orphans and sweet Asian children who deserve better than the horrors they have to face without help and hope. But, running has started my days, helped my attitude, given me a grounding and purpose.
So the last 6 months have brought uncertainty, some “grumpies” and some loss of direction. Which got me thinking that Jesus should be all of these things. Jesus should be what grounds my days, gives me joy, points my compass of life. Those in ministry know that it’s easy to let the ministry become the idol instead of Jesus.
So as I begin to limp back into running, I am praying that I don’t sprint back into old habits. As my footing is still a bit unsure and a bit sore, I will remember that Jesus is solid ground. And, so can you remember that walking, limping, sprinting, racing toward the goal of rescuing children is really about honoring Jesus.