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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

The central text of our meditation in this Bible Plan is Hebrews 12:1, 2.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1, 2)

Marathon training and running a marathon has so much to do with what one wears for the runs and what one does not wear.

I have seen marathon runners run with all sorts of clothing- rather heavy clothing. I have seen runners run with inappropriate shoes.
They just get over heated and have to give up-sometimes way too early.

I have seen runners, who have obviously not trained for the marathon. They are carrying too much weight on them. They give up pretty early.

We eat food, which we know is not good for us. Even seasoned marathon runners eat food which they know is not good for them. There is a misconception that marathon runners can eat anything, and they will OK. Of course, one realizes that it is not OK. Just training for a marathon, does not give you the liberty to eat bad stuff. Eating the wrong kind of food makes for a very bad marathon run.

Our core Hebrew 12 text reminds us to shed all the bad stuff.

In preparation for the marathon, I went to the running store. They saw my gait while I walked. They saw me run on the treadmill. They measured my foot. Then they recommended the right kind of shoes- lightweight shoes, which provided good support. They recommended the right kind of running t-shirt. This was not my favorite college t-shirt. The right kind of t-shirt does not get heavy in wet weather. It does not soak the sweat. It does not cause chaffing .They recommended the right kind of shorts, and socks. I was told to carry the minimum, and right amount of running material on me. I was preparing for a marathon.

I was told to get rid of all the wrong kinds of clothing, and the wrong kind of shoes. It would only impede my progress, and make it a horrible run experience.

Our Verse of the Day reminds us to wear the right stuff in this life marathon. “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” These are light virtues. If we wear these, it will be an easy run. Other “clothing” like pride, greed, jealousy, lust, gluttony, laziness, etc. are heavy clothing. They only make for a wearisome run. Why wear them? Why keep them? Get rid of them.

A Prayer:
Oh Lord for this marathon run called life, please help me always put on the light clothing you give me by your grace. Please help me shed the bad and heavy clothing.

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2Pet. 1:3 ¶ His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

The central text of our meditation in this Bible Plan is Hebrews 12:1, 2.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1, 2)

I run marathons.
It is an endurance test of 26.2 miles.

To train for a marathon one needs to eat the right kind of food. It is miles and miles of running. The banana is a good and easy food. It contains potassium which keeps the runner from getting muscle cramps. Fruit that is high in potassium and iron are good. Fish is good for omega-3 fatty acids. Ancient grains like millet, sorghum or quinoa are good sources of healthy carbs. Ancient grains bread with peanut butter is absolutely yummy.

Marathon training has taught be to be a healthy eater.

A runner needs to be mindful to avoid bad food. Here are some of the no-nos. Soda is bad. I feel so awful that we have dumped all the coca cola on our sisters and brothers in Mexico. Cookies and candy of all kind are bad. I come from India. Indian candy is absolutely the worst for running. Alcohol is bad. Fried food is bad. White rice, and bread is bad.

A runner needs to be mindful of what one ingests. Good food gives good energy. It gives power to run the good race.

This is true of the marathon called life.

This is what our Verse of the Day is emphasizes. To be a good runner in this journey called life one needs energy and power. The Bible offers us the best power ever-“divine power.” All the great runners of Hebrew 11 were people who were endowed with God’s power.

The Gospels record that Jesus did amazing signs and miracles “for power came out of him and healed them all” (Luke 9:1). In the final words that the risen Jesus said to his disciples he reiterated, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” (Acts 1:8). This power is what fueled all the great runners of the Bible.

When I run long runs, or a full marathon, I pray, “Lord, you have promised me your power. I pray that your power will sustain me in this run.”
I meditate on texts like Isaiah 40:41, where the prophet promises,
Those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”

A Prayer:
Oh Lord please give me the power to run well this marathon of life.

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