Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Reason to Survive

Before I headed out this morning I knew it was hot. I also knew that I was pretty tired and not feeling my best, and that's not always a winning combination. But because I run when the aide got here, I ran anyway. Just over a mile and I felt very sluggish. My legs felt like they were carrying an extra 25 pounds a piece (and no I haven't gained THAT much weight! lol). I started thinking that this run was a lot like my life.

Over the last 4.5 years I have lived in what I call the furnace. Life is just one big trial; and like today's run - it can be stifling at times. I could probably use it all for an excuse and really no one would blame me. I was thinking about how my run and my life were so parallel as I was coming around mile 2. Here's pretty much my thought process: Ugh! This run is just like my life - heavy, tiring, strength-sapping and stifling hot. Lots of excuses...all of which are true - No....they are NOT excuses - they are reasons to survive!

Peter says it this way: these trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong are pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold- and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day Jesus is revealed. (NLT) As runners we know that training in the heat is actually best case scenario even though it is the most difficult -- which is precisely why it's best to train in the heat. After the heat anything is better! Which makes it one more reason to survive.

My goal today is to change my perspective about my challenges - rather than letting them be reasons to quit or give up I will make them into reasons to survive!

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