day 2588: Treadmilling

“Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.”

As a runner, I’m struggling to understand how companies think they can make treadmill running fun, but it looks like they are. The fitness chain Equinox is having so much success with their “Precision Run” classes that they are trying out dedicated locations just for treadmill running, interactive running classes, etc. At the same time, Peloton, has introduced their new treadmill and have high hopes that they will sell as strongly as their stationary bikes have sold.  What both companies are doing is trying to take something that is typically pretty boring and a secondary choice to outside or track running.  If Equinox and Peleton succeed then we ought to recognize that anything that is boring or dreaded can be made to be fun and compelling.  If not, then we will continue to just feel like we are stuck on the same old treadmill.

What is boring is typically what we just don’t want to do.  But, when we want to do something we get excited! Jesus asks us, like He was told by the leper, if we are willing and if we want to follow Him?  When we do, God removes us from the treadmill of life that takes us nowhere and instead places us on a track that can bring us closer and closer to Him.  Today it might feel like a slow, boring, never going anywhere treadmill, but maybe we aren’t thinking about our work and life in the right way.  If He is our savior, Lord and coach, then every step we make towards Him, fast or slow, long or short, is a step He wants us to keep taking over and over and over.

Reference: Matthew 8:3 (New Living Translation)