Monday, November 9, 2015

Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Trail Run

Eph. 5:18Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Be filled with the Holy Spirit, is an ongoing process.  The word usage denotes an ongoing flow and could be translated, as be being filled with the Holy Spirit. 

This past Saturday, an event in the Blue Ridge Mountains between Lynchburg and Montebello, Virginia takes place.  It is called the Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Trail Run.  To run such distances a person has to have a continuous, consistent, injury free training season.  Many of the runners run 50 K’s, just as a practice run for this one.  To be being physically fit enough to start and finish a 50 mile run through the mountains helps us understand what the Apostle Paul was trying to convey to us in Ephesians.

Be being filled is not a one time experience.  Be being filled is not the equivalent of showing up once a week at a gym, and thinking that it will be adequate to prepare for a 50 mile run through the mountains.  Be being filled is the equivalent of a consistent running, exercise, stretching, routine at least 6 of the 7 days of a week for years.

I have made three attempts at the Mountain Masochist 50 Miler.  In 2006 I finished it, but was 15 minutes over the cutoff time.  In 2011 I made it halfway, but was too slow, and missed the cutoff times.  Only in 2007 was I able to finish it before the cutoff times.  What helped me finish it was all that preceded the actual race, which included 4 50K’s and a 40 Miler.  Now, I can’t even think about starting it much less finishing it because of inconsistency in running due to injuries and a long-term sinus infection.

No one needs reminding that life is full of intensity, and all of us, are to be being filled with the Holy Spirit to live an overcoming and productive life.  Humanity faces the equivalent of a 50-mile run through the mountains of Virginia on a consistent basis.

So, “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit”


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