Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday's Tip

Find your inner peace. 

Last week, my family and I traveled to Ohio to our vacation at Catholic Familyland. During that time, I had the opportunity to spent some much needed time with the Lord. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be difficult to find a stretch of unused moments to thank Him, praise Him, glorify Him. This special week gave us plenty of time for some soul searching as well as providing many family and faith based activities for us.

On one of my morning runs, I was praying for and about many things: money issues, health, a sticky situation with some girls on a message board I frequent, my friends and family who are hurting in any way, and for myself, that I could find some inner peace.

As I ran, I came to a realization. I know that running is good for my heart. Aerobic exercise, which keeps my heart rate at an elevated level, is doing a great benefit for my cardiovascular system. I've been running for nearly 4 years now and during that time, all those hours I have spent on the roads, track, and treadmill have helped my physical health in a major way.

In Psalms, there is a verse that says "I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free."  I interpret this to mean that when my lifestyle is consistent with with God's law, I cannot be held back from achieving great success. Deep in my heart, there was a freedom that was longing to get out. And I have decided to let it out. I want to run in the path set out by God in the Bible.

Like I said before, physical exercise benefits the heart but the spiritual exercise of following God's commandments has even bigger benefits. From this point on, Jesus will be my new running partner. I believe this will give me that inner peace that I have been desiring. Through the years, I have included God in most aspects of my life but not really in my running. It's time to give in and do it.

Not everyone who reads my posts is a Christian. I am not setting out to change who you are or what you believe. My point is that there *is* a way to find inner peace and you need to figure out a way to get it. Seriously folks, this feels amazing.

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

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