Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Committed to Myself

Running for me seems to be about setting goals. Some of them are kept and some are not. Today as I was running in the heat I was determined to reach my newly set goals. Over the last few years I have set and made lots of goals - and set and not made lots of goals. But a couple of weeks ago it hit me real hard when I weighed in and found that I was overweight. (not a happy camper) I determined right then and there to make a difference.

You see, I eat to fill a void in my life. But over the last few weeks I realized that eating more foods may fill my tummy but it will not erase the pain of the circumstance. It's up to me to change -  and I'm committed to the journey.

By now I have earned the right to call myself a runner even though I didn't start until the year I turned 49. I've completed over 60 races - 7 of which are half marathons and one marathon ( that I crawled). Some might say that this is amazing but I still talk myself out of that. It's not really that amazing  I tell myself - I am not fast, I am not slim, I am not consistent... and so on. But then I started thinking - you know what - why talk yourself out of the wonder?  In our pious way we think that congratulating ourselves is prideful and a sin. But aren't we supposed to be doing everything as if to the Lord? And didn't Paul warn us about not comparing ourselves among ourselves? Since I am a reflection of Christ in the earth shouldn't I be the best I can be at whatever I do?

This week I committed to give myself 1 hour a day to work out. That might be running, workouts with Jillian Michael's DVDs, kick boxing or elliptical - and it might be longer than an hour many days (it'll have to be some days if I keep my training intact.) But at least one hour a day I am giving to myself to become a better runner - a better person. And it's okay to commit to ourselves - it's not evil pride!

If we think about commitment and  our Christian walk - it is a necessary component. We will not make it with our walk with Christ if we do not commit to the journey. What journeys have you committed to in life? Have you committed your life's journey to Christ? We will achieve the things we are committed to. Today I committed to myself to help myself - rather than discourage myself. It's okay to be worth it -- to yourself --


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