Many scriptures in the WORD parallel our lives as Christians to that of a marathon runner. Knowing that.... we must be careful what we put in our bodies, even more so, what are we putting in our spirits?
It's funny how we will load our bodies with all kinds of junk that has no nutritional value what so ever and usually does nothing but speed up that aging and corrosion process. But when it comes to our animals and our cars we would never even think of expecting them to run on Coca Cola. Unless we were trying to clean off the battery acid (that should say enough right there).
Did you know for every ounce of coffee or cola you drink you actully excrete 1 1/2 times as much fluid (they are diuretics which leave you dehydrated, 90% of body ailments are caused by dehydration according to this book. you need to drink that much more water to make sure you do not get dehydrated, even more for those who live in the desert. Anyways...
Knowing how important water is to our physical bodies, for instance, did you know that arthritis is nothing more that the body telling you that there is not enough water within your joints and tissues. If our physical bodies suffer so much damage from lack of physical water, what is happening to our spirits when we are not drinking the LIVING WATER of THE WORD OF GOD?
After running a race for a while, you're bound to hit walls. But if we have taken the time to allow GOD to fill us up with HIS WORD we will be more than victorious conquerors. We will realized that the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us and quickens our mortal bodies. So we will not just fall out and surrender when these walls oppose us, but ante up and kick in, knowing that our second wind is near. God is faithful to keep us and he will never give us more than we can bear (to bad the bear in the pic didn't know that :)
Reference scriptures: Ecclesiates 9.11, Hebrews 12.1-4, Romans 12.1-2, Romans 8.11, I Corinthians 10.13