A Runner's Personal Running Motivations

The good Lord and running.

The two go together more than you might think.

For one, there are tons of Bible verses that have helped me through hard practices and victorious races.

One of the more popular verses that athletes live and die by is Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

For two, do you know how many times I have cursed while running? Whether it’s the pain I feel in my lungs or the feeling of not being good enough, running has broken me down several times. But that’s the thing about running; it can also build you back up.

Biblical Half Marathon Motivation

So here is a verse for every mile of a half marathon.

Mile 1: Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of age. Matthew 28:20

Mile 2: Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1

Mile 3: He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. Psalm 91:11

Mile 4: Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous. 1 John 3:7

Mile 5: The Lord will work out his plans for my life. Psalm 138:8

Mile 6: Whatever you do, do well. Ecclesiastes 9:10

Mile 7: You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20

Mile 8: I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize. Philippians 3:13

Mile 9: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we van imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 

Mile 10: Anything is possible if a person believes. Mark 9:23

Mile 11: I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8

Mile 12: The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38

Mile 13: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

So next time you have a great race or are struggling during a daily run, remember these verses and keep run hard.

Happy running, Meghann

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