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Running in the Rain

Running in the Rain
by Aaron Davis

A couple of days ago I found myself stuck in traffic, at the mercy of other South Texas drivers who can’t handle the slightest amount of precipitation falling from the sky, and I had a thought: running is a lot like pursuing sexual integrity. There’s more to the scene that day. I was at a stand still on the highway when a man literally ran past my car on the shoulder of the road. I thought to myself, “that dude is dedicated.” Here we were in the middle of a Southern Texas monsoon, and this guy was out in his running shoes, shorts, and a light rain jacket with a hood. He may have been the only one in the city out running at that particular time.

I myself am an avid runner. I love being out the door and on the streets before most of you even wake up. On a perfect day, the only people I encounter on my regular running route are the owners of the local donut shop (Ps 37:27.) I can run freely on the road and not worry about dodging cars. It’s therapeutic, but it’s not easy. People always tell me that they could never put in the miles that I do (when I’m on my game.) My normal response is, “Sure you could. You just have to want to do it.”

That may seem harsh, and I deliver that answer with care, but in reality we all have what it takes to do hard things. What we don’t all possess is the object for which we are willing to expend time, energy, and resources. My drive to start running was birthed from a less than desirable family health record and a dark time in my life where creativity and exercise replaced bad habits that had started to control me.

In the same way that I desire to have a properly regulated heart rate and healthy blood pressure, I also strive to be the best husband, father, friend, and Christian that I can be. The latter requires me to do something that can be perceived as “impossible,” or “very difficult,” in today’s culture; live with sexual integrity. I’ve had men tell me directly, “I could never stop watching porn.” The truth is, you can stop watching porn. You can stop the inappropriate interactions with the coworker, and you can stop taking second looks. However, conditioning of the heart doesn’t come overnight, just like lower blood pressure doesn’t immediately become the norm after your first run. It takes training. It takes early mornings, before anyone else is awake, praying and asking God for strength and guidance. It demands better habits, accountability, and drive.

When I cross the finish line at a race, I immediately go to the medal stand to get my reward. If you run a marathon in a big city like San Antonio, you could be one of 30,000 runners. But do you want to know something mind blowing? Crossing the finish line doesn’t guarantee a medal. In almost every big race there is a time limit. Even if you walked the whole 26.2 miles, a great feat for many, you may not get to participate in the celebration and awards. Those moments are reserved for the people that put in the time and effort to better themselves, and push the limits. At the end of my life I don’t want to have simply settled for going the distance, but I want to be part of a legacy of men that made the hard choices and pushed against societal norms to live a life of pure love for the glory of God.
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Posted: Jun 7, 2017,
Categories: Men, Women,
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Author: Aaron Davis
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