Endurance—and a little bird's example

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

Several years ago, a buddy of mine was telling me how much he was enjoying swimming each morning, and exclaimed, “So many people are going to the pool to get health; I like going to express it.”

What a great idea, that health is inherent in our being—something that comes from God. It’s a spiritual quality that’s expressed in strength and fitness. It’s integral to our nature, and can never fade away or need to be regained.

I was able to put this idea to the test one recent summer. For two years in a row, I worked with youth from a summer camp for Christian Scientists as the Christian Science practitioner on staff, for the first session. Many from camp participated in an annual “Four on the Fourth” road race (a popular four-mile race held on the Fourth of July). I was able to complete this race with a great sense of purpose and joy, but that’s not all there is to the story.

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