Happy is just a Chandigarh pavement terrier or stray dog. That is what meets the eye anyway. But there is more than just a normal dog inside. Without going into details, Happy gave me one of the best lessons through his example. I learned from him forgiveness and devotion and faithfulness and love and dogged determination.

No-one would expect these qualities in a stray and that is part of the lesson. There is more than meets the eye. And that is true for humans as well. That is true for you and me. From a runner’s perspective there is more stamina, more speed, more strength, more endurance in you and me than we can imagine. Who knows how far and how fast you and I can run if we exercise right and eat right and become the best that we can possibly be.

But can love and forgiveness and devotion and faithfulness and determination grow in us? I believe it can with (you guessed it) the right exercise and the right (spiritual) food and with the strength of the Holy Spirit in us.

1 Timothy4:7-8

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

What comes naturally to my dog, does not come so naturally to me…

Keep running.