A recent Time magazine article documented a unique group of athletes for whom running a marathon just isn’t challenging enough. They are called “ultramarathoners” and they have trained their bodies to do amazing feats. One 42 year old ultramarathoner has run 262 miles non-stop in 75 hours, mountain biked for 24 hours straight, ran 146 miles across Death Valley in the middle of summer, and swam across San Francisco Bay.

Ultramarathoners must overcome pain, cramps, exhaustion, and vomiting. Yet they give us an amazing example of what endurance the human body is capable of with proper training and commitment.

When I read that article I thought, “What lengths am I willing to go to in order to achieve what God has called me to do?” One man in the article regularly rises at 2 a.m. and runs 50 miles. Am I willing to get up 15 minutes earlier to pray and plan?

You and I are in a race with time. Let’s do what’s necessary to redeem the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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