This morning I ran in my first half marathon.
It was pouring rain the entire time.
I have blisters all along my heels.
I am still cold.
My legs are so sore that I look like a waddling duck.
I had the greatest of time.
Seriously, today was amazing.
Running makes me feel alive.
I not only beat my time, but I got to run it with my dad and brother.
(My brother finished way before my dad and I did, but it was still fun)
The atmosphere, it was perfect.
What I loved so much about this morning, was how encouraging the runners were.
Whenever you passed someone, or they passed you they would say a word of encouragement.
People lined the streets cheering and handing out water and food.
It amazed me.
This wasn't in a picture or a movie.
I actually got to experience it.
Having 13.1 miles to think, I thought about what if this immense amount of encouragement was used in everyday life.
The cheering, the praise, the motivation to keep going.
Life can be rough.
Trying to live as a Christian can be rough.
The amount of temptations, the sense of feeling alone, just keeping that determination to keep going--having that encouragement from others is so important.
We need to be encouraging Christians.
To help those around us to keep moving.
Especially when those blisters of life suddenly appear.
Your mouth becomes thirsty for truth.
Your legs become tired from the busyness of life.
It can be exhausting.
Seek those who encourage you.
Seek out those who need encouragement.
We can all use a little help moving in the right direction.
Life is a race after all.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
See the ambulance in the back? I almost wiped out because it was so slippery.
Glad I didn't have to use it.