Did I ever tell you that I hate to run? Running can not be natural. If you think about it, gravity and friction fight against our every step. But to survive, we pretty much need to move around to get the food we need to survive. We need that food to fuel our bodies so we can move around, and, wait a minute…… what a cruel trick.
When I was in High School, I ran 4 years of track and one year of Cross Country. I was not not a great runner, but I did pretty well. I hated running then. Why did I rn if hated running? I had a bigger goal. I had something working in me that over road my hate for running. I was a wrestler. I had to stay in shape, so if I had run, I might as well get some accountability and competition to drive me on. So I ran.
I run now because there is something bigger than my hate of running. I pray that at some point I will get “addicted” to running and will begin to love it, but I am not holding my breath.
We are all born into a situation that was not intended for us. God intended only good for us, but we chose a life rebelling against his plan. Something in us drives us to fight against the very things which would bring us true fulfillment and joy. The gravity and friction of sin continue to drag me to a stand still. He has given us a plan and stands by to assist us in overcoming the hurdles that our own selfishness has laid before us. Thankfully, if we place our faith in the “Coach of Coaches” and his training plan, we can win against these forces that fight against us.
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–>20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7:14-25