Sunday, July 15, 2012

You Wanna do A What?

That's what my body (and my schedule) have been screaming at me ever since I decided to put October 14, 2012 on my calendar. It's a full marathon in Wichita, Kansas. I think I want to make it my first. BUT - (my "but" always gets in my way!) -- it's only about 12 weeks away. I have only run 13.1 miles as my longest runs ever - all of those in half marathons. Not feeling prepared here...

But I have to do two things - decide not to do the full marathon this fall... or suck it up and run! I struggle because it's hot... or I can't run outside since it's hot - which means putting the miles on the treadmill... did I mention I have a love\hate relationship with the treadmill? I love it because it means I can make my goals whether or not I get to go out to run... but I hate running on in as it's boring and provides no escape like outdoor running does!

But - I must remember that despite lack of convenience, overbooked schedules, too much work and stress --  I have everything I need to succeed...if I want to. It's all about making that choice. I have a computer with the Internet so I can complete my work assignments (for which I am thankful to be overloaded with!), I have a treadmill so I can make my running goals, I have everything I need really when I think about it.

It's no different than living the Christian faith. 2 Peter 1:3 says that we have everything we need to live a godly life in Him. It's just like my situation - that does not mean it's the easiest thing to do - but that it is doable. It is up to me to decide to get on the treadmill and make my goals - and in the same way it is up to me to figure out how to continue to follow Him even in the storm or whatever life may throw at me. I have everything I need - but I am still the key to making it work effectively to my benefit. A marathon will not happen easily even with training - which I will do! Living godly in Christ will not happen easy either, but it will happen when I purpose in my heart to do it.

Purpose in your heart today to reach your goals - both spiritually and naturally. It's the only way they will be achieved.. we do have everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him - but participation is required!