No fool.

When you run, your thoughts sometimes peruse the pages of life, randomly picking an event to reread. The other day I was reminded of a quote that has always held tremendous significance to me: “He is no fool, who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”

It meant so much to me that I put it on the back of my high school cross country shirt. The only problem was that I put it on ALL of the shirts. I thought that it would carry that same profound meaning to everyone. All year long people were coming up to me (parents of kids on the team and kids from other schools) asking me what it meant.

The quote is from Jim Elliot. Jim lost his life January 8, 1956 when he was speared by natives in the jungle of Ecuador. Jim had written the quote (memorialized on the back of my high school cross country t-shirt) 11 years earlier during his first semester of college at Wheaton.

When I was in high school I wanted to be like Jim Elliot. I wanted to live without regard for what other people thought of me, even if they though of me as a fool. I really believe that there were some things worth losing your life for.

Am I still living my life that way?

Just a thought to take with you running.

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