My wife and daughter signed me up to run a half marathon with them.
They knew full well that I’d never run 13.1 miles in my life, yet they did it anyway. But this is one of the Disney half marathons and that has to make running for over two hours straight much more fun, right?
Now I’ve added a weekend run for longer distance, trying to work up from my usual six to seven miles to something approximating the half marathon distance. Last Sunday I ran 13.1 on the nose.
Now I just have to convince my body to go and do it again.
Making a Better Me
Running is supposed to help me be a better me – more strength, more stamina, more fit. The Bible even talks of the spiritual aspects of running races.
But my friend Kenny was able to improve me greatly merely by cartoonifying me:
The cartoon version of me is one handsome guy. Thanks, Kenny!
That cartoon was taken from an older picture of me. If done with a current photo, I’d be cartoonified with wrinkles and grayer hair.
No, I will not be supplying an updated photo for Kenny to work with for a new cartoon.
Old Less Me, New More Me
God is working on the current version of me, however, and I’m told Jesus has brought me into the new creation right now:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17.)
My present body is subject to decay, though. One day I will die.
That will be glorious.
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44.)
Death is not the end.
A new body of glory and power, a spiritual and imperishable body, is yours forever. And this new body will actually be more the real you than your old body could ever be, because this is what God intends for you and we know his ways are always the true reality.
So trust Jesus, the one who makes you new, who makes you able to run with him.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2.)
He is the one who delivers perfection. And that’s better than a good-looking cartoon version of me.