A Short Parable

A few years ago, I was into running.  Nothing major.  I just ran a few 5k’s and trained a bit just for fun and to show myself I could do it.  But ever since my last baby was born, I haven’t had the desire to run.  Until now.

This week, something sparked in me and I decided to run again.  So far I have run 2 days and I am loving it and learning some lessons that I thought you might want to hear.

The first day, I planned to run a mile and a half.  I thought it would be easy since I used to run 3-5 miles regularly.  But that was more than 4 years ago.  Long story short is I thought I was going to die at the halfway point, and I knew I couldn’t make it a mile and a half.  It had been too long and I have gotten physically out of shape.  So I readjusted my commitment to myself.  I picked a point about halfway between where I was at and where I wanted to be and ran to that point.  Then today I did it again.  It was really hard for me, but I am pleased that I did it.  So what are the lessons that came to me?

1.  It is ok to adjust your commitments when needed.  If you overshot your goal a little, readjust.   I know that I will eventually get to that mile and a half mark and beyond.  I just wasn’t ready for it today.  I still pushed myself out of my comfort zone.  I wanted to quit at the halfway mark, but I ran further than I thought I could and made it to my readjusted goal.

2.  I can forgive myself for falling short.  It really hit me strong today how much God loves me when I miss the mark.  His patience and love for me are unending.  I can be patient with myself.  I could have forced myself to go the full mile and a half, but probably would have burned out and that would have been the end of my running stint.  However, by forgiving myself for not being where I wanted to be, I was able to make progress toward my goal and had the courage to get out there and do it again.

Are there things in your life that need some readjusting?  Are there areas where you could show yourself a little more love and compassion?

You are worth it and God loves you where you are now.