Is Running A Religion?

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Something happened yesterday that had me wonder about finding the right thing, for the right reason – running.

Is running a religion?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    I guess I am not sure where you are going with this, but at first glance, my thoughts ran to the what you put first in your life. And when I say “you,” I am not referring to you specifically, but to all of us in general. If running in and of itself is your #1 priority in life, then it could appear that running could become your religion. It isn’t about running, but about priorities…Who or what is first in your life is where the question is.

    Now if running is your #1 method for reaching a greater goal – honoring God with the talents and abilities He has given you – then the running isn’t religion. Your relationship with God is.

    Perspective is everything. I have seen people who, even in the most “religious” of environments, miss the point. They are so caught up in the rituals of the religious activities and how that makes them look “spiritual” that they don’t take time to notice how far away from their relationship with God they have drifted. Rituals have become their religion instead of their relationship with God.

    I guess it boils down to this – is the activity (whatever it is) an expression of the relationship with God or has it become God?


  2. Our body is a temple. As children, we ran everywhere.
    These thoughts intrigue me.
    One thing I didn’t mean is that running should be first.
    Make no mistake, I believe God should be first.
    And I believe we honor Him when we are good stewards with the gifts we’ve been given.
    Better? 🙂

  3. Jeff – that’s the reason I started out my comments with not knowing what your intent was with your question. I wasn’t sure…I just knew I had come from listening to a message online from my former pastor, and he was talking about putting God first. So that notion was fresh on my mind! But I definitely see your point, especially as it connects with today’s posting! Great point!!!!


  4. Thanks. Not only is our body a temple, but so is our mind and our heart (spirit).
    Love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
    Gifts bestowed on us to glorify His name and help others.

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