"THE FUNK" - Day 5 - Mud Running

We have to realize we won't get out of "the Funk" when we have the wrong perspective.
For the last two days we have talked about Rock Climbing, and now we are moving on to running. Imagine running with me as we continue. (Some might need to try harder - like me.)

In Grand Rapids, Michigan we have a race called the "Mud Run." I have never done it, but I have seen photos. Basically through the race everyone gets covered in mud. I want for us to picture us running through thick mud, and because of it we get instantly slowed down. And we continue to be slowed down as the weight of the mud sticks to us.

As no professional runner would choose to be weighed down or covered with mud while running a race, and we shouldn't either. I think often we get so accustomed to stuff slowing us down, it has become normal in life. I think one of the most helpful things we can do to get out of "the funk" is realizing that we have things weighing on us and slowing us down. Imagine being covered in thick mud and trying to run a normal race. I would guess no matter how fast your are your speed would not compensate for the hinderance of the mud, you would definitely  be slowed down a lot.

In this situation, as in a normal race we don't have the option to take a shower and change our clothes - we just have to keep running. But eventually the mud would dry and begin to crack and fall off. If we keep our focus on the goal and keep going, the problem of the mud will simply fall off. I think this is what we need to do when we are in "the funk." If we stop and attempt to get it off, we would be simply transferring mud from our legs to our hands, and with no towel we really can't get clean.

Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. -Hebrews 12:1b-2a NIV

We need to set our sights on Jesus, who is not only our example but our guide. As we focus on Him, we won't focus on fighting our sin, trying to get ourselves clean, attempting to deal with it ourselves. We will simply run and allow it to fall to the side. We have a race marked out for us; let us get back on track, look at Him and continue to run.

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