Why do some runners excel while others don’t?.
While it’s true that runners are not created equal, however, one can be a successful runner through self -discipline and hard work leading to excellence. Excellence should be part of every runner’s vocabulary. We are not called to do a second-rate job because the old adage that, ‘anything worth doing is worth doing well’, is certainly applies to us.
As a Bible believing Christian, I am the workmanship of God, therefore everything that I do should reflect a workmanship of excellence. Too often believers have used a phony form of spirituality to excuse second rate effort and shoddy workmanship of excellence. We are motivated to do everything in first-class manner.
Excellence is demonstrated in every aspect of life, not only in running. We should have excellence in our school curriculums, musical performances, manner of dress, posture and demeanor, upkeep of lawns and houses, clarity of thinking, marital relations, courtesy in driving, business records, work for our employers, ability to handle stress, promptness, cheerfulness and so on. We should manifest first-rate quality in everything. –Keith Intrater, Covenant Relationships
Also Promises to Keep by Nick Harrison
But there will be hindrances along the way, what shall I do to cope up with them?
In his book, ‘Tough times never last but tough people do’, Robert Schuller penned the following:
People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. LOVE THEM ANYWAY!
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. DO GOOD ANYWAY.
If you are successful you win false friends and true enemies. SUCCEED ANYWAY.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. DO GOOD ANYWAY.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY.
People favor underdogs but follow only the top dogs. FIGHT FOR SOME UNDERDOGS ANYWAY.
What you spend for years building may be destroyed overnight. BUILD ANYWAY.
People really need help but may attack you if you help them. HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll kicked in the teeth. GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU’VE GOT ANYWAY!
Remember, it’s not bad to strive for the best and excel in everything that we do. Let’s train better, wiser and harder in spite of many obstacles. Surely, excellence will meet us at the door and reward us with its many blessings.
God be Praised!
-Studies have shown that a dose of caffeine equal to the amount in 2 or 3 cups of coffee taken before a long run can boost your endurance by 30% or more. It works during a run too.
EXPOSING THE WORKS OF DARKNESS:
-In Satan worship, the rites are held opposite to Christian beliefs. They have the upside down cross, reciting the Lord’s prayer backwards, an altar containing a dead baby, and sign and costume of a goat.