(When I go on longer runs, I like to dedicate them to a number of people as a source of inspiration for me. In this case, earlier today, I dedicated a 15.2 mile run to two people. Brad Boling, who I never met, and Frank Hembree, my step-father who adopted me at the age of five. Each of these men were strong in body and spirit. Each passed away many years apart from (ALS), Lou Gehrig’s disease. Coincidentally, Lou Gehrig gave his famous farewell speech on this date, July 4, 1939.)
We all get tired.
We all get weary.
For different reasons, but we all want to at times, give up and not finish.
We all believe we have at some point failed as a parent.
We all have disappointed a spouse, family member or friend.
And we all have the opportunity to renew and restore our strength when we feel we have none to carry us forward.
What is your source of strength?
Where do you go when you need to re-energized?
Who in your life is that “pick-me-up” person?
My source of strength is a book.
A book that not only inspires and enlightens, but also challenges me toward a higher standard of living.
A book that has historical background which I can apply to my life.
A book that has wisdom needed for daily experience.
A book that has a romantic edge.
A book that lets me know everything is going to be okay.
And a book that when I am weary, worn and weathered from life’s storms, tells me…
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (TLB)