Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
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Runner Moments

Hey ya'll, this post isn't exactly one on nutrition or running tips, but it is something I encountered during my run this morning. I've been getting up super early--around 5--to go out for a morning run. I go out as early as I can so I can have a quiet moment just to myself. Those moments really are rare, so I treasure them. I was pretty deep in thought on my 5th mile, and the fog was ridiculously thick, so I didn't notice nor did I hear the runner coming my way. To make a long story short, we literally ran into each other. The first thing I noticed about him was the prosthetic leg sticking out from his shorts, the ones you see runners wearing. To be honest, I was a little freaked out, but I apologized and introduced myself, as did he. Dane Collins was a soldier in Afghanistan for 3 years, and tragically lost his leg in a bombing. As he told me his story, I felt tears pricking my eyes, and thought of how terrible it was that he has been through so much crap in his life. But the thing that struck me the most was him saying, "Losing my leg has been one of the more sucky things in my life, but to be honest, I'm glad it happened to me, I wouldn't be the person I am today! The only reason I'm still here and fighting through struggles is because I've got the most amazing guy of whom I owe my life to, God, on my side." He also told me that when he lost his leg, he wasn't a Christian and through it all, he came to God and now lives for him, running races and spreading the good news. If that isn't inspiring, I don't know what is.

Happy Trails! Let's support those troops and pray for them. They need us, we need them, and we ALL need God.

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