Friday, February 11, 2011

This day

Who doesn't like a little encouragement now and then? A little pick-me-up, kind words, a reminder of what's can make all the difference. Perhaps it's not "needed," perhaps you could make it on your own....


but with 8 miles down and 18 looming in the distance, anyone who has run a marathon knows the value of a little encouragement. It doesn't matter where it comes from or in what form. Honking horns and crazy cheers, painted signs, a word from a stranger as you pass, or just the sound of feet matching your stride as you run together. My personal favorite was, "Hurry there's a buffalo chasing you!" I laughed, then ran faster. My second favorite was from a stranger as I ran by. She simply said, "You're doing it."

And instantly I knew I was.

The end would come whenever it came, but for that moment I was doing what it took to get there, and that was enough.

Recently I found myself in the middle of a marathon when all I had scheduled was a 5K. At first I panicked and almost lost my breath, until a friend grabbed hold and reminded me that I knew how to do this. One step at a time....and I lifted my eyes and kept running.

church~step~serve~step~love~step~forgive~step~teach~step~pray~step~ listen~step~live~step~breathe~

Just because something takes you by surprise doesn't mean you can't be prepared for it. Supplications for daily bread are always answered, for today.

And today you're doing it.

1 comment:

  1. Wow--Great post. We're having kind of a lazy day. Maybe I'll get up and take a few steps...


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