Today I went for a run. Many would say that is not a big deal. For me it was.
Last summer and fall I worked my way from being a non-runner to a 5K runner. It felt good to get back to my athletic roots after so many years being too busy, too tired and down right scared to even attempt to run. I loved it. Then Wintergeddon and back troubles took me out. For five months. That is a lot when you are me and old and just worked yourself up from being a non-runner to an actual runner.
Today, I wanted to run. I mean really WANTED to. So, I threw on my pretty pink Nike’s (yes I am a Nike girl) and ran. This is the second time in five months that I have run. That makes it hard. Being fifty makes it harder. I should have had low expectations. Excuses should have been permitted.
I said, NO WAY AM I STOPPING.
I had a goal of 3K. The first two were okay. When I rounded the bend for the last kilometer the finish line looked a long way off, like marathon way off, like many miles to go way off. And, I turned right into a major head wind. And, my foot hurt. And, my bladder hurt which is worse than the foot hurting. I could have quit. I had every reason to.
But, I didn’t.
I put my head down and put this mantra on repeat, I am winning…I am a runner.
The wind blew harder.
I was leaning in.
My foot really hurt.
But, my breath never left me.
When I crossed the finish line I thought that was such a great parallel to life. Okay, maybe I thought it after I caught my breathe and gave myself a high five and pumped my fist into the air.
In life, there will be head winds, resistance, thoughts of I can’t, people telling us you can’t because you are too old, or too out of shape or not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, whatever. There will be pain and sometimes more than one kind of pain. Your pain. Your spouse’s pain. Your child’s pain. Physical pain. Emotional Pain. It may seem like there is no way you are going to get to the finish line. It may look way, way off, like impossible marathon standards way off.
To make it, to succeed when everything is telling you that you should fail, all you have to do is say, I AM NOT STOPPING, and amazingly, graciously God will give you the breath to finish.
You can do this.
God is here.
Job 33: 4: The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
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