Sometimes when I go out for a run and I want to stop because I feel like I might just die or lose consciousness for a moment or two (not really, Drew. I’m being kind of dramatic. But . . . you get the point, right?), sometimes I find myself wondering why the heck I agreed to this. I mean, truly, what was I thinking when I signed up for this. I could just do less, right? Wouldn’t that still serve the same purpose? But then, I remember . . .
I run because I am not a runner. And I want to know the God who turns what is not into what is. Just so He can get the glory and show Himself off for Who He really is.
I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. Romans 9:17, NIV
I run because I cannot single-handedly rescue even one child from the horrid evils they face daily — homelessness, fatherlessness, rape, slavery. But I can, with a comparatively few small steps, open the floodgates of the One who can.
But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress . . . James 1:27, NIV
I run because when I round that curve and face the hill that threatens to be the end of me, I remember the battle those children face every single day. And it leads me to pray just a little bit more passionately for them.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
I run because when I feel like that next step just might be the end of me, He gives me that one more step. Then He uses that small rescue to remind me that He is going to do immeasurably more for those children than I could ever even dream.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:21-21, NIV
I would love to know why you do it, too. Be assured, God is using you to do His work, rescuing the children who cannot otherwise find help. Be encouraged today, even as you train that one more mile.