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 (1 Cor. 9:24-27 ESV).
In order to complete a full marathon, a runner has to run 26.2 miles. At some point in a runner’s life they hit what is called, ‘The Wall.’ The Wall is a phenomenon in marathon running, which is described as being overcome with an unanticipated wave of fatigue. A Runner’s body will become sore, they will become thirsty, the runner will begin to feel as if he or she cannot finish, causing some to quit. Some will even describe their experience as entering a place of darkness (in their mind). What is most fascinating about this ‘Wall’ is that it is reached anywhere between the 15-20 mile mark…almost at the very end, all runners both novice and expert have fallen victim.
Ladies and gentlemen if you have not figured it out by now, I am really talking about the fast. We are approaching the half waypoint and it is important that we keep going. If you find yourself at, ‘The Wall’ point just know you are not alone and you have to keep fighting. Together let us exercise self-control and disciple our body (minds), we are not quitters. On this second leg of the fast let us lock in and go after the prize called finished! Remember, in the end is guaranteed victory!