Just keep running

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Basketball players run down the shot clock; running backs run for touchdowns; cricketers run for a quick single. There is plenty of running in sport and life.

“Life,” says Olympic champion Michael Johnson, “is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.”

Cappadonna dropped Run in 1998: “Zig zag ’til you reach your stash –– run.”

People run track and people run drugs. People run rackets and people run from the truth. People run circles around others and some people just run around in circles. People run from the past and some run from themselves. Some people just run their mouth. Everyone spends their entire life running in some form or the other.

Life is full of so much running that it often leaves us running on empty. You just drifted off to sleep and Monday morning is already here: time to run to work, run to school. Forgot your lunch? Run back in the house and get it.

Then you have to run to the bank, run and pay this bill, run to the supermarket and run to pick up the children. Like a river that keeps on running, some people run up debt then turn and run from the debt collectors. We run into dead ends and run down the wrong road, until, we finally run out of luck.

Some people just can’t be bothered so they drift along and let life run its course.

Francis Thompson, in The Hound Of Heaven, speaks of being run down by the love of God.


Fear wist not to evade as 

Love wist to pursue; 

Still with unhurrying chase, 

And unperturbed pace, 

Deliberate speed, majestic instancy. 


Humanity has been running from God for a while now: “the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God”. (Genesis 3:8) We run away and He runs, nay, hunts us down: “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)

At each stage of our life we are either running to or from God. Paul gave some good advice on running this race called life: “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus.”

Running your life without looking to Jesus is like running a racket on yourself. If you stumble, get back up. Not getting back up is one of the things He frowns upon. So keep running; and change direction if you must.

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