I spend an unbelievable amount of my time working. I am sure that some of you spend an unbelievable amount of time at school. My favorite way of regaining my edge is by staying fit. Working out allows me to relieve stress after a long day of work, or in your case, schoolwork. While I try to do my very best to maintain a balance of physical and spiritual fitness, one activity that really helps me to stay focused, calm and relaxed is running.
Colossians 3:17 reminds us to praise The Lord in everything that we do. We are also reminded by Vanessa’s wonderful post that it is important to practice daily prayer in our lives. While I work on my physical fitness on a daily basis, I am reminded that my spiritual fitness is of utmost importance. One way to make sure that I pray more frequently is by integrating prayer into my running routines. Before a run I usually give thanks to God for my health and ask him to keep me safe from any accidents on my run. I also ask St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes, to intercede as I offer up the workout.
Whatever you say, or whatever you do, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus. Give thanks to God the Father through Jesus. – Colossians 3:17
Since we should regard our bodies as temples of the Holy Sprit, physical fitness is a great way to be sure that you glorifying God in more ways than one. As I train, I usually make an effort to consider what I put into my body for maximum performance. In running, like any sports, there are rules. There are also some unwritten rules as to how you should go about training. In 2 Timothy, Paul writes, “A man runs a race. But he does not win if he does not obey the rules.” This reinforces the importance of making sure that you are doing all the right things through living your faith.
Do you not know that your body is the house of the Holy Spirit who lives in you? God gave the Holy Spirit to you. Remember, you do not belong to yourself. - 1 Corinthians 6:19
Long distance running is not an easy sport but it can be a peaceful and fulfilling one. Usually on my longer runs, I will turn off my running music and pray a decade or two of the rosary. On quiet nights or early mornings, I am reminded that the Lord is with me through the gentle breeze and the star-filled sky. There are times when the run will become challenging and I push myself to keep going. So far this year, I have completed four half-marathons and have successfully fought and avoided injury throughout my training. What most people do not know is that I had suffered trauma to left knee several years ago but have been running pretty solid for the last couple of years. All of this reminds me of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
By Paul Martinez