A Runner’s Thoughts: Simply imagine that God is with you constantly on a run. It matters little how you conceive God. Take whatever conception of God you have, and allow that image of God to accompany you on the trial. (Adapted from - Running The Spiritual Path by Roger Joslin)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “I used to always say, if the marathon is a part-time interest, you will only get part-time results.” (Bill Rodgers) So to in the spiritual life…if God is a part-time interest then you will only get part-time results!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Fear of trying causes paralysis. Trying causes only trembling and sweating.” (Mason Cooley) and “Let him [or her] that would move the world first move himself [or herself}.” (Socrates)
A Runner’s Thoughts: Ask yourself, “Can I give more?” The answer is usually, “Yes.” (Paul Tergat) So to in the spiritual life…
A Runner’s Thoughts: “To go the distance and keep going after that, the only sustainable place to start is from a place of gratitude and love.” (Kristin Armstrong)
A Runner’s Thoughts: Remember as you run, walk or move through life another way today that the difference between the possible and the impossible is our determination, is our faith and our friendship with God, because with God all things are possible.
A Runner’s Thoughts: “For me, as for so many runners, there really are no finish lines. Runs end; running doesn't.” (Dean Karnazes) So too in the spiritual life…days end but life in the presence of God doesn’t!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself—expanding and learning as you go—you’re choosing a numb existence.” (Dean Karnazes) So too in the spiritual life…
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Endurance comes to those who put in the time, the effort, and the heart.” (Kristin Armstrong) So to in the spiritual life…
A Runner’s Thoughts: We need to always remember that there are different forms of prayer, of communication with God and that they are possible in everything we do, even when we run. So, as I have often said let us allow our run today to be a prayer of thanksgiving, or a prayer of petition or intercession, or a prayer of praise, or a prayer of struggle, or a prayer seeking help or perhaps just a prayer that says, “Hello God how are you today?”
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!