Day 21

"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed.  We are perplexed, but not driven to despair."  2 Corinthians 4:8

After 21 days, and progressing from couch potato to beginner, it was time to download the Run Tracker app.  I got it all set up and set to talk to me every quarter mile, and set out to conquer the world.  I was beyond excited when the app announced the passing of the first quarter mile, then the second, third, and finally the full mile mark in 15:13. 

I was feeling pretty good until I looked at the "calories burned" section of the app, and it read 87.

"What?!  You've got to be kidding!"  I reasoned that there must be some mistake.  There had to be an error in the app.  They meant 870, not 87.  Yes, that was it.  It had to be!  So, all know-it-allie-like, I sat down to draft my e-mail to the company to correct their app so that hard-working runners like myself don't get discouraged.

Before hastily hitting the send button, it made sense to google the mile run and check out the real calories burned.  It had to be WAY over 1,000.  To my surprise, for a person of my height and body weight, it said 86 calories! 

NO!!!  That's not even one chocolate chip cookie!  All this running and work and less than 1 cookie's worth of calories burned?!  There had to be another way!  This can't be right!!  I wanted to cry, but didn't.  It was the truth.  No amount of arguing was going to change it.

I sat down, drank some water and decided there was no time for despair.  A decision had to be made.  Either more running or less eating.  Or, better yet, both! 

I choose both.

The life of faith is like that, isn't it?  Some of God's commands, though very simple, can be the most difficult--like loving really difficult, hateful people.  We read some of God's commands and think, "No!  That can't be right!!

But, it is.  It's truth, and no amount of arguing will change it.

Though some of the things God calls us to are hard, there's no time for despair.  But, there is time to sit down and have a cool drink of living water.

Won't you join me?


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