My name is Caleb. I'm a sophomore from Little Rock, AR, pursuing a double major in Management and Marketing.
Two things have really changed my life. Of course, the most important event in my life was being saved by Jesus Christ when I was thirteen. The principal, who is a PCC graduate, led me to the Lord outside of the gym before I had to play in a basketball game. Being spiritually broken that night is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
The other thing that has really influenced me has been running in marathons. I started running marathons when I was a freshman in high school. I've run four so far with an average finishing time of 4 hours and 50 minutes, which is awful compared to the 3 hour and 5 minute time required to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Whenever I tell people that I run in these races, the question they ask me the most is, "Why?" This is a valid question. Why would someone subject his body to cramps, swollen feet, dehydration, and intense pain for 26.2 miles? Participants in a marathon receive a medal if they finish under six hours, but is the humiliation of watching a 60-year old lady jog past you while you're lying in agony on the side of the road worth it?
My answer is, "Yes, it is worth it, and I wanted to see if I could actually finish." After they are done shaking their heads, I tell them about Hebrews 12:1-2 and 2 Timothy 4:7. In these verses the author compares living the Christian life to running a race. This analogy is practical because sometimes life, especially college life, can feel like a marathon. Thankfully, God's Word gives us the information we need to successfully cross a literal finish line or a figurative one. So if you start to feel fatigued during the semester, remember that the Lord will provide the energy you need because He wants to see His children succeed and run well.