Comfort or hardship?

As I was out for my run this morning ..

Yes, that is right, I was out running!

Me who always said I was built for comfort not speed, I am out running! Training for Cancer Research Race for Life!

Anyway, as I am  struggling and thinking of giving up on my 10 minute running stint I am thinking about those with cancer and how they have to fight on. That they don’t get a choice .

In my life if I had the choice between comfort and a prize at the end of a little hardship, I would choose comfort EVERY time!  I like comfort, hardship is too much hard work.  But in life we don’t get a choice, hardships come.  Whether through illness, loss, financial, or our own selves, they still come!

So for my 5k training, I have to go out 3 times a week.  I have to show up, I have to put on those running shoes and get out there, whether I feel like it or not, rain, hail or shine I just have to do it.  For me, like most things in my life, I have to do them early in the morning before my good intentions are swalled up by the day.

So also with the hardships of life, how do I meet them, how do I train for them? Well I just have to show up there in the place of prayer, I have to make the time for the training, I have be there whether I feel like it or not, whether it is suitable or not, whether there are other things going on, I still need to show up.

My training is in the prayer room, my strength comes from the prayer room.  To face any of life’s trials I need my Saviour, I need Him there beside me.  Where do I find Him? In the place of prayer and surprisingly also there in the midst of the trial, walking with me.  I just have to show up and He is there beside me, being my strength, my rock, my comforter.  Infact often it is in that place of hardship where I find Him most and where His presence is the most real to me and all the sweeter because of the trial.

So is the prize at the end of hardship worth it?

I do not consider that I have made it on my own.  But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  (Phil 3:14)

Yes, EVERY time!



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