"Huffin'...Puffin'...can't breathe! Just finished...Ugh! Couldn't run, had to fast walk, tried to run a stretch and my heart almost came out of my chest! Here's my pathetic time: 16.02 minutes".
You're probably wondering,"what is she talking about?" Well, this was my text message to my bosses today on my time for running a mile. As you can see, I'm a tad out of shape, though in all fairness, round is a shape! We have been challenged at work to team up and get ready for our upcoming ministry season, not only spiritually, but physically as well. Hey, don't get me wrong, I'm all for teaming up and competition, except when it comes to physical challenges. I'll admit it, I don't like to be active or sweat or do anything that might mess up my nails! But as with all work related things, I had no choice in the matter, I had to turn in my time to my team, I can pretty much guarantee that I'm their weak link, but do you know something cool? I expected to get responses from my superiors mocking me, but know what? Their replies were anything but! I got encouragement for just doing it, for not letting the team down and most importantly, to not focus on the "now" to look toward the future, what my time can be and will be at the end of this competition. How awesome is that! Instead of feeling rejected, I'm actually excited about what I will be able to accomplish, trust me, every few minutes, HA! Who am I kidding? Every few seconds I felt like quitting, but I knew I had to do this, I had to get myself ready for the battle I have before me, because believe me, it's a battle fighting for peoples' eternities and I need to be ready for anything. Here's what I mean, found this in the coolest book ever made! Check it:
Hebrews 12: Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the
way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
So, I'm not quitting, I'm gonna better my time and not let my team, myself or my God down. Psst...but I sure wish they would have done this challenge in February instead of August! Whew! It's hot!
Pink mama out!