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What I've learnt from running


Vienna Marathon 2008.

I took part in Adidas’ King of the Road run last week. I took up jogging ever since I stopped swimming. I must say, jogging is really fun & I’ve learnt a lot too.

As I was running along the roads somewhere in Shah Alam last week, something clicked in my mind. As my legs kept moving, and I kept breathing steadily, my mind couldn’t help but to observe my surroundings.

I was instantly reminded of my walk as a Christian, for I can draw a parallel between running in a race and my Christian walk. In the bible, our journey as Christians has been described as a race.

In Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

1. We need a community
Running unlike swimming, is very much a community sport. I love taking part in half-marathons or runs because I find myself more motivated to run with others than to run alone in a gym. Majority of us know that we will never get any prices which are only prepared for the first few, but why thousands still take part? I guess the fun lies in running with others and finishing the race.

Likewise, our journey as Christians become fun and more meaningful when we journey together with fellow Christians. We are all heading towards the “finishing line”, along the way we can encourage one another and spur each other on.

2. Perseverance is key
I’ve got a jogging buddy, Nabil who doesn’t believe in stopping half way once he started running. No matter how badly he needed rest, he will just slow down his pace but still carry on. His explanation is that once he stopped, he will need more strength to start running again, and chances are he will just give up.
How wise are those words. Running, stopping and running again is more energy consuming that just maintaining a constant speed. Perseverance doesn’t get us run faster….....but it gets us to the finishing line.

How often have I stopped and got distracted on the path of following Jesus! How often have I sidetracked by my own agenda and my own desires!
Just like in the runs, I will press on until I reach the finishing line, where a certificate (or occasionally a medal) and the cool and thirst quenching isotonic drinks awaits me.
One day I would like to say: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

3. We are not alone
I took this photo when I was in Vienna. I was walking to church on a Sunday morning and my path led me through some of the roads closed for the famous Vienna marathon. I managed to capture this cute little participant running in the race with her father.

In our “race” as Christians, we’ve got to know that He’s always there to lead us, to guide us and to lift us up when we fall. Just like this little girl, we are too frail to complete this on our own, but it’s just comforting to know that He is always there holding our little hands and leading us all the way.

“Keep me in the right track, and keep me going”, this is my prayer today.

I’m signing up for the Mizuno run, anyone interested? =)




Here are some photos taken when me, Zara and Lih Hern went for the Shape & Men’s Health Run…illegally =p

Night Run 09

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