One of Asher’s favourite things to do in the morning after he gets up is run in circles in his room. While I don’t understand why he likes to do this, I love hearing his feet pound on the floor. He gets a lot of energy out by doing this, but it’s not very productive. He’s not going anywhere or striving to do anything other than running in circles (he does get pretty dizzy, though).
Asher does much better when he has something to run towards, like a few weeks ago when he was running around playing with bubbles. I had him run back toward me in order to get more bubbles in the wand. He had a goal to run toward.
Running works better when you have a goal to run toward. It’s the same way with life. Life just works better if you have a goal to work toward, and you’re not just wandering aimlessly or going in circles trying to find your way to eternal life with God. God wants us to run our race with purpose—with Jesus at the centre, just as you do when you’re training for and running a race.
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 an 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, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (ESV)