The Norman Transcript

October 4, 2013

Learning the Couch To 5K way

By Karl Burkhardt
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — With the proliferation of devices, machines, tools, diets and exercise plans aimed at helping you improve your personal fitness, one is slightly more recognizable than others to most folks.

It’s called Couch To 5K. You can go to a gym, a running club, the app store or Facebook and you will come across this unique program. In theory, it is designed to break down a challenging goal of running a 5K into manageable, bite-sized steps. Kind of like the old philosophy of “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

I think about my office manager and how she takes great pride in what she is doing today. And I don’t think that she is doing what she does for herself, for myself or even for our leadership team. I truly believe she does what she does for the glory of God. And it definitely shows in her efforts and in her completed work.

I wonder sometimes what God thinks when He looks over our shoulders and “sees” the quality of our daily attempts to live. Does He observe people being the best they can be? Or does He witness people who are doing whatever it takes to get by?

In our world today, with all of the negative press the church and believers receive, it doesn’t cut it to be so-so, it’s not enough to be OK, and it’s not good enough to be simply good.

Our world is full of second-rate, so-so, OK, good answers for the problems and struggles people face today. We are to represent the answer.

Neither the church as a body nor believers as individuals can afford to be one of the possible selections on the smorgasbord of solutions to life. We represent Jesus Christ, who is the way, truth and life. Christ is the only solution.

This form of demonstrated grace in action requires dedication, commitment and sacrifice. It requires us to examine our life priorities and rearrange them, if necessary, to align with God’s. Once we’re pointed in the right direction seeking spiritual, eternal outcomes, we must employ determination for follow-through and completion.

The Apostle Paul said it best in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27: “Do you not know that in a race, all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

By the way, this whole Couch To 5K thing? If you don’t know how to begin, come to Cornerstone. We’ll help you figure it out.