A Runner's Thoughts: Remember the little miracles of God that we encounter during a run or a walk are not because we finish but are because we find the courage to begin!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.” (Steve Prefontaine)
A Runner’s Thoughts: The next time you run, finish your run with a burst of speed no matter how far you have run. As you run all out those last few steps imagine receiving a greeting from God. God embraces you and holds you as you catch your breath. God offers a few good words to welcomes you home.
A Runner's Thoughts: Perhaps as we run or walk or move through life another way today we too should choose the road less traveled: the road of awareness, the road of revelation, the road of intention, the road of mindfulness, the road of imagination, the road of joy, the road of prayer. Today let's pick a road we have not traveled lately and let it make a difference in our life today!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” (Lou Holtz) So before your next run or walk pause for a moment take a deep breath and ask God to run, walk or move through life another way with you. When you finish, take a moment to reflect on the sense of God’s presence that you felt as you ran, walked or moved through life another way. Try to carry this presence with you as you go through the rest of your day.
A Runner’s Thoughts: Run, walk or move though this day another way in the presence of God. In order to do this, as you run or walk or move, simply imagine God is with you constantly on the run. It does not matter how you image God. Just take whatever image of God you have and allow that image to accompany you on your run, your walk or your movement through life.
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” (William Barclay, Scottish Theologian)
A Runner's Thoughts: Remember running can give us spiritual focus. When we run, we have the time to be a person of prayer. It can be a prayer of few or many words. It can be one prayer or many prayers. It can be a simple breath that brings God into our being and it can be the exhaustion of giving all to God as we finish our run.
A Runner's Thoughts: “I always loved running – it was something you could do by yourself and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” (Jesse Owens) So – running can give us an inner strength that can change our life. Just putting in the time, finishing a run can have an enlivening effect on your confidence and self-esteem. Running can also touch us in a spiritual way that makes us aware of God's presence in our life!
A Runner's Thoughts: “The athlete who says that something cannot be done should never interrupt the one who is doing it.” (John Wooden) Remember running, walking or moving through life another way, can be a kind of medicine that helps us to change physically, emotionally and spiritually. Running, walking and moving through life another way can be an elixir that enlivens our life with health, hope and the presence of God!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!