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Friends and co-workers are always asking me, "Why do you run so much? What's the point?" Those who have developed a habit of physical fitness would answer the same as I do. I enjoy it; it makes me feel better; and I know it's good for me. There is value in developing healthy habits; a connection between physical discipline and spiritual discipline. If you are able to develop a habit of regularly working out, you are also more likely to be able to have the discipline to spend regular time in the Word and in prayer. The Apostle Paul wrote about the value of both physical training and training for godliness in 1 Timothy 4:7b-8 "Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." There is no doubt that there is value in both physical and spiritual training. But it's not easy. It takes discipline. You have to make it a priority. In the short term, there will be health benefits from regular exercise and the benefits of training for godliness will have impact today and for eternity. Now that's a great training plan! If you determine to improve either your physical or spiritual health, the place to start is with some support. It's been proven time and again that we are more successful at change when we have the support and accountability of another person or persons. Whether you desire to develop more consistency in physical fitness or in the area of godly discipline, you will find support and encouragement with the Calvary Running Team. I invite you to come join us this week. On Wednesday we will meet at noon at the Springfield entrance to Pre's Trail (park at the corner of Aspen and D streets). Did you know that Saturday, September 17th is National Optimal Health Day? It's also National Apple Dumpling Day and not to be confused with the 19th which is National Talk Like A Pirate Day! But I digress - as part of National Optimal Health Day, we will be meeting with a group of people from this area for a run/walk at 9 am at Clearwater Trail. Wear your CRT shirt if you have one and come represent our team. The days continue to get shorter so on Sunday, we will meet at 5:30 pm at Clearwater park. I hope to see you there. Have a great week! Pastor John