Do you know someone who is dedicated to their exercise? Not just committed but DEDICATED. I have often seen the same people running past the same place every day. What gets me is that most people don’t continue with their daily exercise if it is cold or rainy. This person, however, doesn’t let that stop him. He is an older man, white hair and all. Occasionally I wonder how he has enough energy to run every day, but somehow he does. Sometimes I will go outside and it will be cold and rainy, but then I still see this man doing his daily exercise as if it were sunny and seventy outside. When I thought about this odd situation I thought about the strength and endurance this person possessed. It became more of an inspiration to me rather than the oddity it once was. I thought about how his perseverance probably made him stronger over the course of time and that this running became easier because of his dedication. In our lives sometimes it rains. Occasionally it might snow and too often a storm comes. When bad weather fits our lives we tend to want to duck out of our situation in hopes that it will get better instead of trusting on God to get us through it. If only we could have the perseverance like that man that runs in all kinds of weather. What if we stuck it out in the difficult times? We would become stronger. Although the winds and rains make us uncomfortable, the next time we run in that kind of weather we will have more experience on what to do. In James 1:3-4 it says “because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” In this we can see that if we can just keep running it will ultimately pay off in the end. We serve a God that is capable of the impossible! When the weather becomes unbearable, God knows just how to help us as we continue to run. Lace up your shoes and grab a rain jacket; it’s time to become stronger than we ever thought we could be.