One of the biggest challenges for many of us is eating. Not that we have trouble eating, but it's the what and the how much that get us into trouble! Why does food that is unhealthy taste SO good, and food that is good for you often tastes terrible? And why is it so hard to stop eating potato chips?
Sometimes I think we're much like the Israelite's - God gave them the food they needed while they were in the wilderness. While they ate what He provided, they were healthy and nourished. Before long though, they began to complain, wishing they were back in Egypt eating cheese burgers and chili fries - in captivity.
When we are working to stay fit, it's even more important to eat well - and even easier to justify poor choices. Have you ever talked yourself into a doughnut after a workout as a reward? Or tried to justify an extra helping at dinner because you had a good workout? It's not that we don't know how to eat well, rather we often continue to make poor choices. It all comes down to discipline.
The author of Hebrews described a similar spiritual condition in Hebrews 5:12-14. "... By this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." The people knew what was right, but they were still making the same poor mistakes. They weren't maturing, weren't growing spiritually because they were undisciplined.
One of the ways we become more disciplined is through the encouragement and support of others. If you are trying to improve your physical condition by eating better and exercising more regularly, or if you desire to grow more spiritually by spending daily time seeking God in the Word and in prayer - we would love to help. The Calvary Running Team is more about encouraging one another, than it is about running. We simply use running as an excuse to get together each week. Come on out and join us. If we support one another we can become more disciplined together.
Come on out and join us this week for a run or walk. On Wednesday we will meet at noon at the new Millrace extension. On Saturday, we will meet at Clearwater trailhead at 9 am. And on Sunday we will meet at 5 pm at Clearwater trailhead. Note the change of location for Saturday!
I hope to see you out there.
Have a great week!