If someone asked me at age 38 what my goals were for the next three years one of my answers would have been to run a marathon. If someone were to ask me now what my goals are for the next three years my answer would be to “run with perseverance the race marked out for me.” Hebrews 12:1
I ran the Humana Greater Kansas City Marathon in 1994, fulfilling one of my life goals. The morning of the race I was not physically well but I ran anyway. Being a turtle verses a rabbit, slow and steady wins the race, I was happy with my performance, however, I found myself at the back of the pack. No problem, I happily ran on to mile 20, 21..24, 25..should be at mile 26 but instead I was lost in downtown KC! I was running up and down streets, adding miles to my total, before I finally found the finish. My worried family was waiting for me there but I ran past them. It took a minute to realize there was no finish line, I was too late.
I think of this life event often. Just as I had to run on when faced with obstacles so must we all persevere in order to accomplish goals. Paul says to run/live “in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1Cor. 9:24-26). So we must not run/live aimlessly, rather we must focus, putting one foot in front of the other, in order to learn more, do more and love more.
Dear Lord, thank you for being with us through life. Help us to accomplish our goals in spite of adversity and feeling lost. Give us perseverance knowing we will see You at the finish line.
It’s funny how our goals change as we move along life-but goals are still important and I love your idea about just putting one foot in front of the other in order to learn more, do more and love more!!
Marie, thank you for sharing your story. And thank you for reminding us that the pace may not be what we want, but the goal remains the same.
I loved the part about getting lost. It sounded so familiar to me!! I cannot tell you how many times I felt lost when I actually I was right where I was supposed to be. Duh! I can so, so relate to this story. Thanks for making me feel so much better!