In the ancient Grecian games, winners of athletic EVENTS received crowns made from olive branches, freshly plucked from the temple of Zeus, in Olympia. Athletes from far and wide trained hard and competed fiercely for these wreaths and the honour that accompanied them. Winning was a big deal.

Paul also ran his race with an expectation of a crown. He laboured daily to finish his race well and obtain the prize. Hear Paul express this philosophy: “Everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown”
(1 Corinthians 9:25 NKJV). Paul expressed another reason why he worked hard: to “present every man perfect in Christ” (Colossians 1:28-29). Surely, Paul had reasons to run.

Without a compelling reason for striving to complete the race of life, we will easily cast off the restraints that training subjects us to; we will loath the hardship that often characterises the journey towards victory. The joy of victory only comes after the endurance of suffering; but when the vision of victory is blurred by a weakly-defined WHY, endurance is an unwelcome option.

Question is: Do you have a compelling WHY for running the race of YOUR lifetime? Is your reason sustainable on the long-term?

Running the entire 42k of a marathon is no small feat! After realising that my 10k “success story” is only one-quarter of the journey, I needed a big-enough WHY to follow through with my goal. The shiny medal is not enough; I need significance-driven reasons for enduring the rigours of training and exercise. Shiny medals are cool collectibles, but I need more-enduring reasons!

Have you found your WHY? Have you defined the purpose of your daily pursuits? Is it compelling enough? Is it compelling at all? When you find your WHY (or Whys), life will take on a whole new meaning!

For this purpose I run… I will share at least five of my WHYS in coming weeks.

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