My Daily Joy

Every morning when I get up I have a choice: where am I going to attempt to get my joy from?  The other day as I was preparing for a hard tempo run I was preparing my spirit by listening to when a song played singing “all my delight is in You.”  These words challenged my thinking heading into the workout.  I woke up feeling good and hoping to hit a really good last tempo run before I headed to Houston for the upcoming US Half Marathon championships on Saturday.  But as I thought about the words of the song I realized that all of my delight wasn’t yet in God, part of it was, but part of it was in the outcome of my workout.  I renewed my mind so that ALL of my delight was in Him.

I do believe that God wants me to enjoy my workout, but the ultimate question is: what is the way to get the most amount of joy out of the workout?  From what I have experienced the way I get the most joy out of my workouts is when I am most connected to God while I run.  When I am focusing on my connection with God He shows up and I am always deeply satisfied.

So as it played out it was a particularly windy morning on Lake Mary Road in Flagstaff, Arizona making for a difficult day for a fast tempo run.  The way out was slightly downhill, but into the wind making for a slower split.  On the way back I had a tailwind, but a series of Boston-esq challenging hills, however all of that faded away as I was going after God more than performance.  The funny thing is that on the way back I ran way faster than I thought was possible for me at this point in my training.  God loves to grant the desires of His childrens heart when they delight in Him.

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  1. Posted January 25, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Such a good reminder. I can get so caught up in a “performance mentality” that I forget that God calls us to delight in Him and that He knows the desires of our hearts and wants to give to us out of His abundance. Great post!

  2. Travis Crouch
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Ryan, I met you at Nissan HQ in Franklin after the New York Marathon in 09 when Meb won. You were very gracious and we chatted for a few moments.

    You are such a blessing and inspiration. I pry and believe great things will happen for you this weekend.

  3. Posted February 10, 2011 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    I’ve been hugely encouraged by you and your story, Ryan! I think running seems to be the perfect time/space to set our eyes on Jesus. Usually when I am running, I’m thinking about pace, the next hill, mileage, etc. The distractions in my own head are limitless!

  4. maranata mc coll
    Posted August 10, 2012 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    ryan, i am from south africa and we live in central north west. my husband is 52 and runs a 2.35 marathon and comrades in 6.30. i have been a runner but my heart started with arythmic problems so i was told to stay away from long distance in doing my 11th comrades this year and 2 100milers under my belt. we have decided to give back to the under privilidge kids and started our own running club TURN2GOD and coach every day and have up to 60 athletes of which 31 will be going to SA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPS NEXT MONTH. we cater for all ages, kids come from location as far as 8km barefoot to train. i believe it is due to sharing Gods love with them and helping them to make GOD theri main coach and to believe in HIM at all times. it will be so nice if you can give us input on coaching our kids age from 7-19 and then our marathoners who is going for ther first. one of my athletes ran a 69 minute 21km on saturday we have real talent in our club and would love to see them perform to their capabilities.

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