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  • Writer's pictureJoey Alcala


Some facts on the physical benefits of running:

  • Running can reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues, type two diabetes, cancer, and other physical ailments.

  • It can also help build stronger bones and muscles while managing your weight and improving sleep.

  • Running also has important positive implications for mental health, particularly depression and anxiety disorders.

But did you know that running is part of our spiritual health as well? Proverbs 6 says that God hates “A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil.”

So we have to run to the right place. We are to run to the Lord. Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” In the physical realm, most people don’t like running at first, but then they get into a routine — a habit, a discipline. And it’s the same in the spiritual realm: if you set your heart every day to run after the Lord, one day at a time, you will get stronger and stronger. Before you know it, you'll be running spiritual marathons!

And one more thing: when the race gets tough, when the trail gets hard, remember Jesus is right there running with you. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6a)

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