Friday, February 5, 2010

Humility Through Our Successes

How great is a PR!

For everyone who doesn't understand the running lingo, PR means personal record. Eight laps around the track may seem like the worst 8-15 minutes of a man's life; however I can certainly say a PR is one of the most rewarding things in a runner's career. A person may go home elated, perhaps for the next couple of days, and man what a great feeling it is.

However a question struck me after trying to recover after my race that wait: How did I finish that race, I was dying after the first mile! Indeed if you had watched me run, you could of seen it in my face that I had nothing left.

Some of my initial answers included maybe that it was my training, the way I slept, the way I ate, and simple details that worked well. But truly looking back, none of that influenced my race. My true strength came from the Lord, the One who gave me the legs to run as well as the energy and endurance to finish the race. For each step I take further in athletics, I must take a step further in my humility to acknowledge Christ's presence and support in my life. I am astounded everyday in my training when I have no more gas in the tank and Christ pulls me through, however I still am not giving Him the credit that He deserves. And no there is no splitting credit with God 50/50, every single bit of it belongs to Him, the rightful owner. "For He must Become greater, I must become less," John 3:30 says. If we truly hold to this mindset, every action that we do in life must glorify God, our Alpha and Omega.

Keep this humble mindset in mind as I will this week friends,