WHY would anyone put themselves through this grueling process? The fact is you will not run the race well--in fact I would have never completed it--without the training. Our amazing bodies have---a built in muscle memory and what we train our muscles to do---after a period of time--they will automatically do.
A golf swing is a great example. The really great golfers have taught their muscles those great drives by practicing them over and over. Perhaps millions of swings went in to making a really great golfer.
When the day of the marathon arrives---after 20 miles are so---my lower body would become numb---then I relied upon the muscle memory to keep those legs moving. Without all those weeks of training, I would have not been able to complete the race. In the heat of the moment, in the middle of the pain, when I thought in desperation, "I can't do this", my muscles kept working---kept me moving toward the finish line.
There is a lesson to be learned from this wonder of the human body--what we expect our muscles to do based upon memory---we can also expect our heart and soul to do with training. As we pray--read The Word--experience inspired teaching---we are training our spirit. The memory of all we are learning and experiencing is being stored away in our deepest being. Then when the day of hardship-pain-turmoil-heartbreak---trouble comes our spirit can be counted upon to automatically respond based upon our training. Our spiritual memory will take over and keep us moving forward.
So I challenge and encourage us all to train for the day---prepare our hearts and souls--and know we will finish well because we have trained to win the race.
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus