I began to run regularly in my mid 20s.  I was very passionate about the sport and thought about it throughout the day.  As soon as I completed a run I was thinking about my next run.  As a result of running, I reached a fairly high level of fitness and enjoyed running in several races over the years. 

After becoming a pastor, I got sidetracked from running for a few years.  A couple of my friends from Belfry, Roger Varney and Harold Osborne, inspired me to get started again and I rediscovered my passion for running very quickly.  I think I became fairly fit again and I set several personal records (PRs) in local races.

Then “it” happened.  I had my first injury.  I tore a menicus in my knee and had to have surgery.  Although the injury was not all that serious, I never resumed running with the same intensity.  Through the years I became less active and put on some weight.  This past January I decided that I had to do something about my weight and my level of fitness.  Since January 18, I have lost 39 pounds and have rediscovered my passion for running.  One tool that has been very beneficial to me is a website call MyPlate.  This website helps you set weight goals and monitor calorie intake.

I said all this to say that I plan to blog occasionally about my running ventures.  I apologize in advance because I realize that not everyone is passionate about running.  I hope to connect my writing about running to our daily race for Christ.  Just as I long to be faithful throughout my life in my race for Christ, I long to remain faithful in my personal fitness and running.  Writing about it here will give me an outlet and a level of accountability.  Thank you in advance for your patience.

Thess passages come to mind this morning….

“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.”  1 Corinthians 9:24

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  2 Timothy 4:7

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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.”  Hebrews 12:1


4 thoughts on “An Old Passion Returns

  1. Congrats on the weight loss and running again. I’ll check out the website. I lost between 20 and 30 pounds when I started walking regularly. Been stuck for a while at same weight. What is about ministry that works against our physical fitness? I thought I would walk more after I left state government, but it feels like less! Keep up the good work at FBC.


  2. I think it is *perfect* for you to write about your passion in running – we were all created to have passions – and your passion can fuel mine and others….right? I think it’s perfecto 🙂


  3. Congratulations Brother Steve! That’s awesome…..39 lbs. in 4 months is a great accomplishment. I’d love to lose that much weight but have never developed a love of running. Once my stamina and strength level off, I plan to start a walking regimen. Hopefully, that’ll do the trick. We miss seeing you and your family. Take care and keep up the good work! :O)


  4. So happy for you that your love for running has come back to you! You always hinted at that while at WBC. I’m really impressed with your results already—Wow! Keep it up. I’ll look forward to reading your updates, and pray for your safety while enjoying your running.


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