During long distance races, most newbie runners give up when they begin to feel tired and lose energy while experienced runners know that they can depend on the second wind to finish the race, just when their first wind becomes exhausted.
The first wind is the natural energy that the runner begins the race with while the second wind is a sudden burst of strength or energy that allows the runner to pick up pace, push past their fatigue and comfort zone and finish the race with confidence and vigor. It’s a new source of strength experienced minutes after the giving up point where the body through chemical reactions and the mind through positive talk tell the runner, “You can do this.” Joggers consider the second wind as an unexpected blessing that motivates them to comfortably finish even the longest distance races.
Maybe this week, you are running a run of the mil marathon, that includes your daily tasks, and common responsibilities or maybe a 10k that requires more skill, strength and stamina to move forward; these may include our relationships… and you are at your giving up point where you are ready to stop running your proverbial race altogether. You need extra strength just to end this leg of the race. Or maybe you have integrated a successful mix of techniques while running: You have thrown off all that burdens you so that you can freely run (“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” Hebrews 12:1) or have discounted the weariness that comes with running (“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” James 1: 2) and you are now in need of an extra surge of energy to push even further and handle your current stressor.
God is willing to be your second wind. He is able to give you strength under great pressure and provide new energy and perspective so that you can easily run this race. He is able to build your endurance muscle so that you can run and never get weary, walk and not faint, climb and not slip. He is able to help you shift gear so that you can increase momentum and confidently finish this leg of your race.
You do not have to run this week’s race in your own strength, using your own techniques. You do not have to become exhausted by the let downs of this week. You do not have to remain overwhelmed by your failed efforts. You can depend on your second wind, God, who will give you new strength to put into action
Remember, Godly strength trumps physical, mental or emotional strength every time.
Scripture of the Week
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isa. 40:31
Love, peace and blessings,
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