When you find a cause that is much bigger than you, a reason to run that reaches beyond today, a future reward that eclipses present challenges, you are likely to give your all to its pursuit. Young David, moments before taking on Goliath, asked the question: Is there not a cause? We all, on very personal levels, need to find an answer to this question.
What is the cause for which you run? I ask myself the same: Why am I going through the rigours of preparing to run a marathon? My answer is multi-layered. Follow me to the inner chambers of my heart, the place where purpose is sacred; the place where I found my WHY.
Five years ago, I expressed a desire to run the Marathon before my 50th birthday. Once this seed thought registered in my heart, it began to grow. I am 49 years old today, March 11 (thank you Jesus!), and have signed up to run the Marathon in May. I am, therefore, and I hope on track to realise this expressed desire. But this is only a fraction of the story.
I cannot take any credit for this ongoing journey to the Marathon finish line. After all, I did not make even an inch of progress for three years; not until the Lord twinned this goal with a much higher motivation: a mandate to move a generation from survival to significance. In His wisdom, Father gave me a title of a book to write on the theme of running (He thus touched the core of my calling as a scribe). Apart from the book, He got me writing weekly articles (again, on the theme of running and purpose). He then topped it up with a desire to run and raise funds for developmental causes that will make a difference in Africa. Now, running for the benefit of another is many times bigger than just running for a shiny medal or for fitness. Those things are mere spinoffs.
In addition to all this, as I run, I continue to envision my generation running for a wide range of selfless causes; not for survival or self-gratifying success, but for significance. My race, therefore, is a prophetic reminder that you are meant to be running too; that we all need to be about the Father’s business; that we all need to find our place of significance and be a blessing to our world; that we all need to cross the line of purpose and hear God’s “Well done!”
Personally, I would like to make a difference in the educational sector of the African nations; not just in traditional education, but the reorientation of the minds of the future generation. Now, this is not a one-time race; it’s a lifetime marathon that has begun in earnest.
Has your race began? Is there not a cause?
You are welcome to check out my Crowdfunding page as fundraise to provide books for school children in Ibadan, Nigeria. Again, this is just the beginning.