Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. -1 Timothy 4:7b-8 (ESV)
...let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith... -Hebrews 12:1b-2a (ESV)
These verses have been imprinted on my spirit this past week. This yearning to run. This need to run. This need to give everything you have and push further still. The exhilaration. The moment you hit where you want to give up but hear, "Keep going, baby girl" (maybe the Holy Spirit speaks to you a little differently, haha). So you run further and harder...and then within minutes receive a fresh wind of energy and strength to keep pushing into what you thought was impossible.
This is something God has given me a hunger for. "Run." When a situation is uncomfortable---when one is tired and could just as easily stop and walk---to not stop, but to run with great fervency, joy and expectancy. It´s exhilarating!!! Let´s run!!! Let´s run this race with all that we have because this is the only life we have. Let´s run for eternity. Run for the kingdom of God in every moment, in every situation, whether at work, at school, at home, at the store. Lay aside everything (don´t fight, simply lay aside) and push into the opportunities for good works that are all around. "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will read a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9, NIV).
*The photo is from the street where I work at Cafe Neustart. Kurfürstenstraße is a street that resides in the heart of Berlin and, for decades, has been renowned for its strong presence of prostitution and drug abuse.