Sometimes you will see a car with a small decal on the back that simply reads: 26.2. This signifies that the owner of the car is a marathoner. He or she has finished at least one race that was a distance of 26.2 miles. Occasionally you will see a driver whose car has a 13.1 decal on it. This, of course, indicates that the driver has completed a half-marathon race, quite a feat in itself.
Yesterday I saw some of these decals, and I wondered if it would be appropriate for me to put one on my car. I have completed some marathons and half-marathons, although it has been several years since I have done so.
Later in the day, a driver went around me on the highway. The decal I saw on his car made me laugh out loud. It read: 0.0! The driver was making a witty comment about his exercise habits. In so many words, he was saying, “You won’t catch me running! At all! Ever!”
Your choices about how you exercise are up to you. You can run or not run. However, when it comes to living for God, the Bible says that we are in a race to the finish. We can’t opt out. Nor can we ever give up!
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”—Acts 20:24.
Keep running, my friends!