“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

Ponder those words for a moment. I spent some time running in the mountains thinking about this verse and how it applied to me. This is one of those verses that if you’ve spent any time inside the walls of a church you’ve heard a sermon about. But take a moment and seriously ponder those words.

I get stuck on “am I sure about what I hope for?”, “what am I hoping for?” and “what is it I’m not seeing?”. Running in the mountains is a perfect opportunity to ponder these questions. As I ran, I began to understand more about myself and what really makes me tick.

I began with “what am I hoping for?” Surprisingly I found that my biggest hope was that I wouldn’t screw up and lose what I have right now. I began to understand that what I thought was hope was really desperation and decided I needed to begin to seek something to really hope for.

As I moved on to “am I sure about what I hope for?”, the answer became very easy. I didn’t want to be sure about simply hoping I could hang on. I wanted to be free enough in my convictions to be able to be sure about my hope.

Finally, I began to think about “what is it I’m not seeing?” This was the AHA moment as I literally had to stop running. I realized that the assuredness of hope couldn’t come until my eyes were really opened to be able to see myself not just as how I saw myself but how God saw me.

Applying God’s word to our lives can only be possible when we are brutally honest with ourselves. In order to be brutally honest with ourselves sometimes it takes getting out of our heads, putting the cell phone down and seeking a place where we can ask ourselves the hard questions.

Over the last seven years I have lost over 80 pounds and gone from a sedentary lifestyle to now running ultra marathons. Along the way I have discovered my love for writing, for encouraging others and for living a lifestyle of constantly pushing myself beyond what I think my limits are. Visit Mike at MikeHornerUltra.com.
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Over the last seven years I have lost over 80 pounds and gone from a sedentary lifestyle to now running ultra marathons. Along the way I have discovered my love for writing, for encouraging others and for living a lifestyle of constantly pushing myself beyond what I think my limits are. Visit Mike at MikeHornerUltra.com.

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