One of the keys to achieving any goal, especially an arduous goal like completing a marathon, is to establish a routine. It's how you develop good habits, and it's key to success. When we develop good habits and stick to a healthy routine, we see positive results. There is a great example of this principle in the Book of Daniel.
The Babylonians had invaded Judah and they brought some of the young men back to Babylon to serve in the palace. The captives were assigned a daily ration of rich food and wine with the intention of making them healthy and robust. Daniel and some of his friends requested NOT to eat the rich food because much of it was considered unclean. Instead, they proposed to their captors to let them eat only the vegetables and food allowed by their faith. To prove their point, they suggested a ten day test. Daniel 1:15-16 records the results of their special routine. "At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead." Later in chapter 6 we find that Daniel continued to follow routines. Daniel 6:19 "He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God." If you read through the whole book of Daniel, you will find that he was very successful in many things. This started with developing and sticking with a good routine.
Runners who establish a regular routine of running will testify that when they aren't able to run, they feel out of sorts, like something is missing. And as we have mentioned before, while a healthy fitness regiment and quality diet are important for our health and race preparation, regular time in the Word and in prayer is as important to our spiritual fitness.
One of the best ways to develop and maintain a routine is to join someone else. Organizations like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig have proven the effectiveness and importance of accountability and support when seeking to make significant lifestyle changes. That's what we're all about at the Calvary Running Team. We want to come along side and support you in your fitness, life and spiritual goals. We are always better and more successful when we do life together.
If you would like to join the CRT this week we will have three training days. The new Millrace extension to the Clearwater trail is open so we will be meeting at the new parking lot this week. It's on the corner of 32nd street and Jasper road, between Agnus Steward school and Douglas Gardens school. On Wednesday we will meet at noon, on Saturday we will meet at 9 am and on Sunday we will meet at 3 pm.. I hope to see you out there.
Reminder: All Calvary Community group members are invited to a worship night at Donnie and Amanda Thompsons' house, Friday, January 20th at 7 pm. The address is 39432 Waterville Lane, Springfield. It's the first road to the right after the Walterville store on Hwy. 126.
Have a great week!