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Stop Worrying And Keep Running

By Don Loftis | 03.27.13

According to news reports several months ago, a 100 year old British man became the oldest person to successfully run a marathon.  Fauja Singh completed the 26 mile race in eight hours, twenty-five minutes and sixteen seconds.

The India born runner attributed his longevity and fitness to ginger curry, tea, and being happy.  He added, “The secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free.  Be grateful for everything you have; stay away from people who are negative; stay smiling; and keep running.”

His philosophy mirrors the truths of Scripture.  Jesus said, “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself” (Mt. 6:34).  Paul wrote, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity” (Phil. 4:11-12).  Peter challenged his audience with this thought, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (I Pt. 5:6-7).  Even the writer of the Hebrew letters adds, “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you’” (Heb. 13:5).

Whatever we face in our lives must be interpreted within the context of eternity.  All that really matters is our relationship with God and our eternal hope.  We need to jettison the worries of the world and keep on running for the Lord.

 


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