There are 2 things I’ve learned about myself over the years — through the school of hard knocks, usually 🙂 — that I simply MUST do to remain centered with God. (1) Spend consistent time with God. (2) Spend consistent time running.
When I run, I’m alone with God, I burn off a bunch of energy (& stress), and have my GREATEST quiet times.
In fact, I usually work on my weekend messages when I run in something called "Sweat-itation" (i.e. "Sweating" + "Meditation"). People have asked me, "HOW in the world do you do work on your messages when you run???" Well, I carry a piece of paper in one hand & a Grace pen in the other. As I run, I pray & think. When I have a thought that’s note-worthy, I stop running and try to write it down without sweating too much all over the paper. Then I start running again.
Check out the pictures of papers I "Sweat-itated" all over last week for last Sunday’s message:
- #1 = Monday run with a blank sheet of paper
- #2 = Wed’s thoughts after going to bed that night
- #3 & 4 = Thursday run with a draft handout