He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Training for a race is a difficult task, spanning a long period of time. In training for long distances, runners slowly build distance each week in order to work toward their goals on race day. Even though distance is built gradually, most runners reach a point in their training when the number of miles is so great that the body, mind and spirit are all tired – and ready to give up.
The main obstacle might be pure fatigue, injury or discouragement. At this pivotal point in training, the runner must face the obstacle and decide whether or not he or she has hope – hope for completing the training and eventually the race. During this low point in training, I have found much encouragement through other runners, those who have completed long races and those who train with me.
It’s always amazing how the encouragement of others can help to renew hope and strength. On those very long runs when I think I cannot put another foot in front of the other when someone says, “You can do it!” I suddenly begin to soar. Out of no where comes strength I didn’t believe I had.
If this principle is true for something as simple as running a race (as challenging as that is!), can you imagine the encouragement you could give to someone running through the darkest hours of life? Without a doubt, our ultimate strength comes from the strength of our Lord, Jesus Christ. As those who claim Him, it is our responsibility and our delight to bring His strength to those without hope. Hope comes from the Lord, but it comes through you and me. May you be encouraged and may you be an encourager.
If you want to find out more about the ACP running team, please contact:
Bénédictions,The Rev. Michelle L. Wahila