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Run with endurance… by bigplew
March 7, 2008, 8:57 am
Filed under: Leadership, Masculinity

by Mike Plewniak

Hebrews 12:1 says “let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”

A majority of the men who read this blog are young (relatively). You are probably in college, your choosing a major, wondering what your job is going to be, looking to get married someday, maybe have a few kiddos, and hopefully serve God faithfully over the long haul of your life. How long will that be? What will your life look like in 10 years, 20 years, 50 years?

The questions I want to ask are: what do you want your life to look like? And how can you get there?

So often, young men don’t see that the decisions they make are building a foundation for the rest of their lives. What you do today is setting habits and building character that will effect who you are in 10, 20, and 50 years. Small things….reading the bible for a few minutes, memorizing a scripture, making a decision to have integrity in your class or at your job, using self control with a thought that hits your mind….all of these add up to how we run this race.

Look at this definition from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

ENDU’RANCE, n. Continuance; a state of lasting or duration; lastingness.

1. A bearing or suffering; a continuing under pain or distress without resistance, or without sinking or yielding to the pressure; sufferance; patience.

My prayer for the young men (and I include myself in this prayer) who read this blog is endurance to run the race. For faithfulness in serving God over many years. For perseverance and strength (Isaiah 40:31).

For an illustration of endurance, look at this recent news story about a 101 year-old man who ran a half-marathon.

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The facts:

– Buster Martin is 101

– Buster has 17 children

– Buster is currently working as a plumber

– Buster completed a half marathon

– Buster stopped half-way thru to have a “cigarette and a beer”

– He went to work on Monday after the marathon, on time

– He fought off three muggers at age 100.  You have to read this story!

– He is going to work until the day he dies

– He has never taken a sick day in 90 years of working

– He’s in the world’s oldest rock band called The Zimmers 

If you live to be 101, what do you want to be known for? What is your list going to look like?  What can you do today to get there?

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That dude is pretty gnarly

Comment by Kip Packer




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