It is simply amazing to me how much the Christian life paralells being a runner. As a runner, if I want to be successful, I have to put the time and effort into training to see the results. The same could be said for being a Christian.
As a Christian, I really need to be focused on my relationship with Jesus Christ. I have to work at it like any good relationship through prayer and studying the bible. I also need to work on being obedient to what Christ has called me to do in my life.
There is a reference for this in the bible of course. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 talks about running the race in a way that is glorifying to God. I think that this is the most important thing we can do as Christians.
In every race we run into difficult spots, but we always continue on. I think this paralells our Christian walk also. Any time we hit a rough spot, we should just fight on and trust God.
Have a great week.