Run, run, run

As you might know, at the beginning of the year I entered the campaign called ‘RunFar’ through World Vision, which is about raising money to put clean water into some of the most under-developed countries in the world. I set a goal of how much I wanted to raise and a goal of how far I would walk/run over the month of January. My goal was $1,000 and 310kms. The results are in! After completion, I raised $1,375 and I ran/walked 335kms. It was a challenging time, but my mind was on the goal of helping those kids who have to walk up to 10kms a day just for unclean water.

In reflection, I think what I did can be paralleled with our spiritual walk.

Our goal is heaven and becoming like Christ. That is the finish line, and that is the beginning of eternity. However, while on earth there are many spiritual kilometers we need to run/walk. Sometimes I had to run up big hills and then down into deep valleys. In life we do the same, we have highs like we have run up a mountain and we are looking out over the rest of the world and we have valleys where it feels like the only thing we see is ourselves and the immediate circumstances.

About 10 days in of doing around 10kms a day I got some real soreness in the Achilles and I had to get some work done on it to keep going. Then I spoke to a professional runner and he said, “Have you had a rest day yet? You need a rest day so you can go the distance.” I had not had a rest day yet and it seems that is why my body was getting sore and tired.

When God created the world, on the seventh day He rested. This was not because God was tired but that He would set a pattern for us so that we can go the distance. In biblical terms it is called ‘a Sabbath’. In human terms it is called a day off. Whichever way you look at it we all need a rest day, so we can recoup and then keep running this race.

There are many more things I have learnt but I will leave it there. If you want to find out more then let’s catch up; I’d love to share my learning with you in hope that it would encourage you.

I am looking forward to my next fitness challenge…. Whatever that will be.

Blessings and peace,

Ps Neil Milton

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