103M - Balance

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Balance is vitally important to every person engaged in a good cause. May I illustrate?

We are commanded, you know, to “improve our time while in this life,” (Alma 34:33) – meaning that we are to diligently strive to be better and to do better. But at the same time we are commanded to “see that all these things are done in wisdom and order, for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. (Mosiah 4:27) In other words – ‘balance.’ But, the question came to me: How can one run faster than he has strength? Well, I recently found out.

I love to run, and I’ve been doing so for more than 25 years. Sunshine or rain, cold or heat, I’m outside running. I am constantly, instinctively, pushing myself to do better, be tougher, go faster, [and] run further. Well, one morning I got up to work out. I pushed myself hard through my warm up exercises, and then went out to run. Since it was only 17 degrees outside, I dressed accordingly.

Now, I was determined on that run to push my distance as well as my pace. On I went mile after mile. Then I noticed that in the last two miles of the run, my breathing was becoming very labored! I was pulling hard; I sounded like a broken winded horse. I could just barely get enough oxygen in my body. Yet, I kept going; I pressed on. The further I went though, the harder it became. My form began to break down, and my running became sloppy and loose. I was running ‘faster than I had strength.’

Well, I made it home just fine. I showered and went on with my day. A few hours later my feet began to hurt, then my lungs, [and] then my whole body. By that evening, I was roaring full steam into a bad cold or the flu or something worse. I hurt everywhere and could hardly breathe. And then it occurred to me that each winter I’d do the same foolish thing. At least once I get sick – very sick, and it almost always comes after I run too far too fast. Twice it has led to pneumonia.

Now, physically or spiritually, my friend, it makes no difference. Running is a good thing, but when we run too far or too fast it is not good. We weaken ourselves and become susceptible to subtle forces that seek to destroy us. Good is not just in what we do, but in how we do it – balance!

Glenn Rawson – March 2011
Music: Oh What Do You Do in the Summertime? (edited) – Amy Baugh Hansen
Song: Every Little Step – Lauri Carrigan