By Jenni Keller
There are many verses in the Bible that inspire me toward physical discipline, Acts 17:28 is one of my favorite.
“For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 (NIV)
Because of Him, I am alive. I wake up each day, because he wills it. Psalm 3:5 says, “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.” It’s only because of Him that I am sustained in life.
Because of him, I move. Faith is active. It moves. My “walk” with God is my belief, accompanied by my step, after step, after step. 2 Cor. 5:14 says, “The love of Christ compels me…” Loving God with your whole heart removes the option of immobility.
Because of him, I have my very being. Without him, we not only can do nothing, without him we are nothing. If you ever need a reminder of his sovereignty, just ponder this statement for awhile.
All three of these principles play out for me when I run and make running, for me, a humble act of worship.
Running makes me feel alive. When I feel pain and push through it, when my breathing gets hard, when my ankle is kind of tweaky — I feel alive.
For too many years of my life, I hid behind what was easy. By facing my fears and conquering them as a runner, I am reminded of the “unafraid” life that God has called me to live.
Running is movement. As I head out the door and get settled into my pace, I feel like each run is a parallel and strong reminder of our “race” with God. Some runs are hard, others are totally victorious. Some days there is nothing else I’d rather do, other days running is the last thing I want to do. When I choose to move as a discipline, I see and feel the physical results, despite my attitude when I started.
Every breathe, every stride, is only possible because of Him. I run to honor God with my body and with the ability that he has given me to do it.
What is your favorite “move” scripture? How has it helped you on your journey to be active?
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