I just run if someone asks why I run. “What would I do if I don’t run?”, often I think.
But if you insist, I have some reasons to run. First it was an inevitable choice to survive in America the country of individuals. I used to play soccer-its real name is football-in the Korean Seminary. It was a communal event that I loved. When I got here in the United States, however, I couldn’t find any communal activity besides basketball once a week which had more tension than fun. So I started running for exercise.
Second, running itself is an excellent workout that not only challenges but also makes me grow. Running is spiritual. In order to be a good runner, you have to be diligent. You have to show up in the time when you plan regardless of so many possible excuses. If you are consistent, you will see some progress. Nevertheless, it can’t be done one day or one month to run a full marathon. It simply takes lots of time and commitment. It is like a prayer.
Third, I feel my mission in running. God would ask me to do something greater than my ability not to be satisfied with my spontaneous ability. He rather demands me to grow through persistent efforts and stretching myself. It is sometimes hard, but more often I feel the guidance of the Lord. I can tell, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phil 4:13).
Why do I run? Come and run with me.