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Through the Valleys

I read the following quote recently in a Runners World article by Mark Remy. "Some runs are bad. Some are good. A few are great - especially when you contrast them with the bad. It's easier to shake off a bad run when I remember that I've had plenty of great runs in the past. Terrible races make the good ones that much sweeter. Running is a series of peaks and valleys, and so is life, and that's okay. Actually, it's more than okay - it's necessary." I have to admit, this really encouraged me because my last couple of runs haven't been all that good. But the author is correct, when you consider the good runs you've had, it makes the bad ones easier to take. I thought about how I could apply that to other things besides running. Sometimes I have a bad day. We all do. But it's the good days that make the bad ones more bearable and it's the bad days that help us appreciate the good ones. In the 23rd Psalm, David wrote that when he walked through the darkest valley, he didn't fear because God was with him. The rest of the Psalm speaks of God's love, goodness, mercy and generous provision. Even on the bad days David was able to trust in God because he remembered God's goodness on previous days. It's true, we wouldn't appreciate the good days and the good runs, if we hadn't also experienced the bad ones. So this week, if you have a hard day or a difficult workout, instead of getting down, focus on God's goodness and the workouts that have been great. The Pacific Northwest Marathon, half marathon and 5K are coming up on Saturday. Besides those of our team who will be running, many others have stepped up to volunteer at the race. If you are running, be sure to thank those who have taken time to volunteer so that the runners could have a safe and enjoyable experience. This week we will meet on Wednesday at Clearwater trail for a short easy run and on Sunday, we will meet at 5 pm at Clearwater again for a short run to shake off the post race stiffness. Have a great week! Pastor John