8 Sep

Why did God create me (you)?  It is an age-old question.  It is also the latest topic on which my Pastor is preaching.  The word “destiny” cannot help but make you ponder every aspect of your life.  Am I walking in my purpose?  Am I living my life according to God’s will?  Sheesh, if that doesn’t make you think, what does?

I’m about 3 months into training for my first half-marathon.  In fact, the half-marathon I’ve signed up for is exactly 3 months from today.  So, for now running a half-marathon is a part of my destiny and my purpose.  I’m not sure how or why, but running is spiritual.  For the most part, running is a solitary sport (at least for me).  It gives me a lot of time to think, and pray.  Generally, when I run my prayers consist of asking God to speed up time (He could do it if He wanted), and that I finish without passing out (how embarrassing would that be).  But seriously, a lot of great ideas come to me while running (like this blog).  I’m the opposite of a creative person, so I always get (way too) excited about any idea I have that I consider remotely creative (like my blog title – isn’t it a cute play on words?).

Back to destiny.  How is running a part of my destiny?  Honestly, I am not sure, but it just feels like it is.  Sometimes the Lord places something on your heart, or in your path, and you just know that there is some larger purpose for it.  My Pastor says (and I believe him because he’s awesome and Biblically-sound) that God rarely takes anyone to their destiny in a straight line.  There is always a detour.  I feel like I’m on a detour right now, and that running will bring me closer to God’s purpose for my life. Maybe blogging is a part of that purpose, too.

I hope you will come back to read more about my detour.

Here’s a verse to encourage you (and me): “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” I Corinthians 9:24.