A Heart of Discipline

Ash Wednesday, March 1st

READ: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

I signed up for my first 10k on a whim. I saw the brochure for the US 10K Classic at the grocery store checkout and I was intrigued. Ironically, I didn’t even know how far a 10k was! When I began my training, I could barely run a mile. Each day, I simply ran farther than I did the day before. On a Wednesday night, just 3 days before the big event, I ran 6 miles nonstop for the first time. The day of the event came. The bullhorn sounded and I began running in a sea of athletes. I can’t recall my official time, but I still remember the amazing crowd I was honored to run alongside. I can still feel my delight at being able to run. Want to know the best part? Crossing the finish line. I finished. I trained hard and, on the day of the big race, I finished. I’ve never participated in LENT. To be honest, I’ve done a rather poor job of preparing my heart during Holy Week in the past.

This year, however, will be different. Like that day in the grocery store, I don’t really know what I’m getting myself into, but I know it will be worth it. It won’t be easy, but every day I’ll go a little deeper with my Savior. Running in a 10k with hundreds of other people was a pretty amazing experience. Drawing closer to my Savior will be lifealtering. And I can’t wait.

PRAY: Jesus, like an athlete disciplining her body for a big event, I choose to discipline my heart as I make room for you. I don’t want to be aimless in my approach but remain focused on You. This is the beginning of saying “no” to me and my wants and saying “yes” to You and Your Mission.