I had always enjoyed running short distances, but had never really considered myself a "runner." It wasn't until a friend suggested I attempt longer distance running that I decided to give it a try.

In February 2004, I prepared for my first 10-kilometre (6.1 mile) race. I trained well, ate the recommended foods, and tried to get the necessary amount of rest. But a week or so before the race, I found myself with a swollen ankle and knee, feeling miserable and despondent. Friends who were doing the race with me appeared to have no difficulties. I attempted to pray about this, but I was struggling. My running time was getting slower, and this only increased my frustration.

I told two friends at church about my situation, and they suggested I focus more on my spiritual rather than physical training. That's it, I reasoned—it isn't stronger muscles or better running shoes that will improve my performance, but rather a better understanding of myself as a spiritual reflection of God, and a clearer recognition of my divine source of energy. Being God's spiritual reflection meant that I was, in fact, manifesting His perfection without flaw. One of my friends pointed out that our relationship to God can never be disjointed, strained, or swollen. I decided to pray to get a better grasp of this relationship, knowing that an understanding of it would result in necessary physical improvement because thought determines experience.

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Testimony of Healing
May 23, 2005

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