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Spiritual Practice

Relying On God

Dale Lipscomb, 22

I played soccer every day in high school. As part of my training, I spent a lot of time in the gym and even more time running. Anyone who has tried to start a workout routine knows that staying committed to the plan isn’t easy. Waking up in the morning for a run or taking time after school to lift weights is difficult. But through my workouts, God taught me about responsibility and faith.

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV)

I became more responsible in other aspects of my life, whether I was cleaning my room or getting all my work done for school. My workouts also taught me to rely on God for strength. Most of the time, when I ran, I would pray, trusting God’s grace for strength and endurance. Praying kept me from paying attention to how worn out I was and allowed me to focus on the goal. When my dad was diagnosed with cancer, I turned to God for strength, just as I did in my workouts. I felt that I could still be responsible and focused despite what was going on around me. Workouts are beneficial not only for physical strength and endurance but also for spiritual well-being.

 

REFLECT: What activity–such as sports, arts, music–has helped you to rely on God for strength and endurance?

—from devozine (March/April 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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