Ten Mile Run

Monday I ran ten miles in 1 hour 34:17 minutes.  It was a beautiful spring day.  It was sunny, and in the upper fifties.  My run took me out-of-town and through fields that are waiting for the spring planting. (It will be a little while yet.)  The last mile and a half, before the turn-around-point, was a little used gravel road; with a series of large hills.  It was a wonderful run.  I felt great, I was excited because I had been working towards the goal of a ten-mile run for months and today was the day! 

It felt great…for about eight miles.  The last couple of miles didn’t feel quite so great.  I wasn’t in any pain.  I was just tired.  I stuck with it,  kept the feet moving one step at a time, tried not to think about how much further I had remaining, and finished the run.

Running is a good metaphor for life.  Paul, in the New Testament,  used it to describe his life of ministry.  I suppose that each of us can borrow the idea for ourselves.  Whatever “run” you are called to do in this life, don’t quit.  Stay at the task that God has given you and one day you will hear the words “Well Done, thou good and faithful servant. “

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