I Corinthians 9:24-27
"You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally. I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself."
such a good word considering the illinois marathon just occurred. running has taught me so much about life, especially when life gets hard. it's taught me the importance of a positive attitude (remembering God's truths), proper perspective, patience, perseverance, putting one foot in front of the other. so many good parallels.