I was running today and it was possibly the best run I have experienced in years! As I approach 41 years old, I was running with my dad who is nearing 71 and my son who is half way to 11. My son ran with us for 1 mile as my dad and I continued for 3.1 miles. This was not the only reason it was a great run.
My dad has been running for over 30 years. I vividly remember my dad experiencing a moment of crisis in his life when he was 40. He was overworking and not living a healthy life; stress was taking over and taking its toll on his life. Then he experienced a bleeding ulcer and nearly died. Since then, he has committed to get in shape and stay that way. He then spent the next 30+ years disciplining himself to stay healthy.
I have not lived as disciplined as my dad in regards to staying in shape physically. The last 3 months I have worked hard to get on the right path as I am getting in shape. This has caused me to understand how hard this has been for my dad over the years. My dad is a physical champion in my live and in my kids lives. My dad has caused multiple generations to see what it takes to stay in good shape. And let me be the first to say, I have the utmost respect for my dad as I now know how hard this is to do once you hit 40!
My dad has been a physical champion in my life. As we were running together today, I thought about the Scripture in 2 Timothy 1:3-5 where Paul is talking to Timothy about being a spiritual champion. Paul mentions those spiritual champions in Timothy’s life. His mom and Grandmother both passed down their faith to Timothy! They lived it out and encouraged Timothy over the years. I am sure it is similar to what my Dad has done over the years with his life physically. He has not just talked the talk with exercising, but he has actually disciplined himself to do it all year around for 30 years. He has bundled himself up in the dead of winter to stay in shape. I am sure Timothy’s mom and Grandma followed God even when it was challenging to do so. The “winter” came in, and they bundled up and put on the spiritual clothing so they could stay in shape. This obviously had an impact on Timothy’s life.
My dad has impacted my life and has encouraged me to take the time to stay in shape. It has been very tough for me and I have not done a great job over the last 10 years. Actually, I have failed miserably in this part of my life! You could maybe even say I have failed in an epic way. But, as I try to get back in shape, it is very hard. My very first workout with my friend Reggie, I thought I was going to die. I nearly puked, passed out, struggled to get through the rest of my day. I even told Reggie, I never want to feel like this again!
Isn’t this so similar to our spiritual life? We may have people in our lives who have been great examples for us in their spiritual lives. Maybe you have one of these champions in your life today. You may have gone through a crisis as I described about my dad earlier. You could have many questions or statements about God that you have never gotten out before. Though going to Pro Sport Performance and allowing my friend Reggie to train me up was very hard to do, it has been great. I actually didn’t want to go to him and ask him to “get me fit”. I knew it was going to stink at first and was going to be very difficult. He answered many of my questions about eating and training. If you have questions about God, the Bible, Jesus, or anything else, find that Champion in your life you can count on to walk with you along this path. Find that Reggie or Bob in your life.