I have a confession. Last week I was in the grocery store and in a moment of weakness, I bought a box of Hostess Cupcakes. Then I ate two of them. And afterward, I felt terrible! I felt terrible because what tasted good for a moment, soon made me nauseous. I felt terrible because I've really been trying to eat better. And I felt terrible because I knew better.
Can you relate? Maybe you have decided to eat more healthy, and you do well for a while. You feel better than you have in a long time. You have more energy and maybe you even lose some weight. But one day you have a sudden longing for a big, juicy, fast food burger and fries. And soon after, you regret your choice.
It's not that Hostess cupcakes and juicy burgers are necessarily bad, in fact, they taste really good, otherwise we wouldn't be tempted. The problem is, that kind of eating isn't best for our bodies. The more we know and learn about the health benefits of eating well and regular exercise, the more we see how it important it is. But it's still easy to skip a workout once or twice, or eat something we know we shouldn't, and before long, we've fallen back into bad habits. And our health suffers.
Whether in our physical health or our spiritual health, t's so important to stay focused on what is BEST for us. In his letter to the church in Philippi, the Apostle Paul prayed that the people there would be able to see what was BEST. "And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God." Philippians 1:9-11 What a great goal, to have the knowledge and insight to be able to discern what is BEST. AND to have the strength of character to follow through with what we know.
One thing that helps me stay on track is the support and encouragement of others. That's what the Calvary Running Team is all about; helping one another realize the BEST God has for us - physically, spiritually, emotionally.
There will be three opportunities for you to join us this week. On Wednesday we will meet at noon at the new Millrace extension to the Clearwater trail. On Saturday, we will meet at 9 am at Millrace and on Sunday we will meet at 5 pm at Clearwater trailhead.