Do something today that pushes your body to the limits–it could be a long run, a long hike, a long bike ride, or a hard game of ultimate Frisbee. Whatever it is, let your body move to the brink where you can’t go any more, but then you discover that you can. Let this experience of your body teach your soul how to endure the hardships and pains that come in life. The Christian life, scripture is clear, is about endurance. Learn to endure.
Push the Limits
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.