Running for a Cause

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.” (NIV)


Why people want to get out of bed at the crack of dawn and run is a foreign concept to me. I cannot understand why anyone would leave a warm bed just to go out in the rain or cold to run five miles. To go to a good estate sale – well we all have to get our priorities in order.


Runners are among the most dedicated, determined, and disciplined of all athletes. You can see them running and training daily for a marathon that is coming soon. And, they will travel around the country to compete in marathons.


I just read what I have typed and it has hit me pretty hard especially the first paragraph and getting our priorities in order. Why am I not as dedicated to my time with the Lord as a runner is to their training? It goes back to my priorities. I am stepping on my own toes this morning and it hurts. But will I do anything about it? I pray that I will and sooner rather than later.


In the past years I have seen an increase in 5k and 10k runs. These running events are popular in part because the race is for a cause. The Millennials want everything they do to have a purpose or they feel they are wasting their time. The race can be raise money for a cure for breast cancer, to raise money for a family to help pay medical bills for a sick child and they go on from there. Last year in Little Rock the 24th Annual Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure had over 30,000 participants and raised over $1,000,000.00.


What I have not seen is a 5k race for Jesus. If we had a 5k for Jesus would 30,000 people participate on race day and could we raise $1,000,000 to help further the kingdom of God?


Food for thought – God has charted our course – now all we need to do is run for Jesus.


Betty Lacy