Traveling is a way of life for many of us. I love to travel and venture out with my husband as he visits parts of the state. It is a great time to meet new people and see new places. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, finding a place to run can be an adventure. As with anything, there should be a little planning involved.
Since I am traveling with my family, I have to also consider my little ones into the mix. Running is my lifestyle and thankfully, my family is very supportive of it. There are a couple of ways of finding running routes. It is more fun to me to have the usual path within a park setting, or surrounding myself with similar people who share the love of running; however, that is not always the case.
One method is to call or visit a local running store and ask about group runs or locations. You won’t have to worry about getting lost, or being in a dangerous area because these favorite routes, either guided or alone, have been shared by others.
If this strategy does not work, as in my case, the next best place to find good routes is the Internet. There are many sites that provide route ideas, as well as directions, and distance just by typing in your location. One site is Nike+Run, http://www.mapmyrun.com, and search google maps for local parks, etc. Having a mapped out route, make us all feel secure when in an unfamiliar place.
The same with our spiritual run. In Hebrews 12:1 and 2, scripture says that we should run the race that is set before us. Each one of us has been destined with a personal race that God wants us to run, but it does not mean that He sends us out on the course without a map.
God has provided us with His word to be our guide. This will help is know which direction we should pursue in our daily run. Being in God’s will means obeying His word. If we don’t obey His word, the bible, then we are not doing His will.
Doing God’s will requires that we patiently endure the race that is in front of us. If you have run a marathon, you can appreciate the great endurance that is required. No runner will be successful in the race if he runs fast and hard as he can during the first mile. He will eventually fizzle out or quit long before the race is over. When doing God’s will, it requires us to have patience that will last a lifetime. You need to make a commitment that you will follow and serve God and be obedient for the rest of your life.
The scripture continues to tell us to keep our eyes on Jesus to stay on track. We shouldn’t try to look at others and try to imitate them. Even though they can be an encouragement for us, we need to remember that we all may fail at times. Our example should be Christ who finished His course just as God planned for Him.
For doing God’s will, we have a map to obey, a command to endure and an example to follow.