Sometimes in life we have to make decisions that we wish we could avoid. Sometimes it challenges our pride and sometimes it challenges our heart. We come to a cross-road where we wonder which road to take. That is when you need to look back on your why’s and priorities… If you have them. The worst thing someone can do is get to a cross-road and not have their heart ready for it.
Your “A” Race is the most important race of the year for a runner. Is it that marathon in three months, the half-marathon you are using as a training run, or that 5k you decided to jump on last minute? Figuring out what is most important to you will determine how you make all other decisions.
My number one priority in life has become my relationship with Christ. That is also His number one priority in my life, His relationship with me. It took me a long time to realize this and I am still learning but it has been so joyous and freeing. I have never in my life realized what I was missing until I began allowing Him in my heart.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciles to God.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”2 Corinthians 5:17-21
I have finally come to the point that I can’t stand being away from Him, I need Him, I can’t live my life without Him. It’s kind of like that guy or girl that you dated or really liked at some point that you just couldn’t get your mind off and can’t stand being away from him or her. I am not quite to the point of Jesus consuming my every thought, but I do love the times that I sense His presence throughout the day. He is always there to hold me while I cry, to listen to my frustrations, and to give encouragement or direction when I need it.
As for my running, my “A” Race is the Marathon this fall. I did one 5k race that I ended up running a couple weeks ago, but if something in my body had threatening continuation of marathon training, I would have pulled up on the reins. Because my main focus is to finish my “A” Race, anything that gets in the way of that priority will be set aside for another time. Runners really need to dial this in because it will affect how we perform at our greatest heart’s desire. Being only part way in in everything will cause you to not give 100% in your biggest race!
Where ever you are, be all there!
I love you all and am praying for you! Have a blessed day and happy running!!