the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.
Endurance. Ah, the word alone conjures up thoughts of pain in my early days of running. Those were the days when even a mile seemed like an insurmountable achievement. Once the mile became an easy feat, it was replaced by the 5K, the 10K and so on.
My pain, the struggle to achieve even greater distances turned into victories that have built me up as a runner. Enduring the painful runs of the past allows me to enjoy running today and not see it as an unpleasant task. Experience has also allowed me to become a coach of sorts to new runners that I meet. I now have the years and many miles behind me that allow me to motivate, cheer on and help those who may be in the beginning stages of their running careers.
So why is it that I am talking about endurance today? The word came to me last night after a brief text exchange with Ashley in which we spoke about the daily grind and stress that sometimes accompanies work. I also tied it into the tumultuous past few days that have taken place in our nation.
Endurance for me is not only about running. Endurance is also a large part of daily life. My daily struggles, my daily afflictions and all that I witness taking place in our nation; all of it tests my endurance. But what helps me cope is my faith in God. My relationship with the Lord has built me up in character, confidence and hope.
Of course there are those days where my faith seems to falter, just like there are those days where I can’t seem to get a decent run in. But my faith allows me to get back out there on the next day and have another go at it. As it is with running, it is also the case in life. Enduring hardship makes it easier to take on much more and also allows one to be there for others who are enduring their own difficulties in life.
There are many parallels between running and life. Both come with their own tests of endurance and yes, even agony. Yet experience, perseverance and faith make the journey more tolerable and easier to surmount.
How have you managed to endure times of hardship? We would love you to join the conversation. Please post your experiences and comments below!