“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” (I Corinthians 9:24-27)
This is a verse over the course of many years that I love to read when I need a reminder of why sometimes I do the things I do.
I just started attending a small group in my church that is covering Max Lucado’s book, Outlive Your Life. I guess in some ways it’s partially responsible for why I started this blog. I bought the book after I signed up for the group but before I started so that I would know what was going on. Oh, I forgot to mention the group is also put together for endurance athletes or anyone who wants to join us. Anyways, so from page 1 till the end I couldn’t get enough of it! For one thing , it encouraged/ inspired me to up the bar in my life. I’ve become extremely complacent with my life and not to mention self-centered. My workouts are ehhh, boring. My day to day has become just that. I wake up, go to work, and go home… The End. Wow, I’m moving mountains with that aren’t I? So when I read this, from the beginning its saying “Some people don’t bother with such thoughts. They grind through their days without lifting their eyes to look. They live and die and never ask why.
But you aren’t numbered among them, or you wouldn’t be holding a book entitled Outlive Your Life. It’s not enough for you to do well. You want to do good. You want your life to matter. You want to live in such a way that the world will be glad you did.”
Immediately I thought “Yes, Yes!”
In November I ran into a woman who I’ve known for sometime and she’s a go getter. I’ve admired her because she’s all over the place. Line dancing, grandmother, received a Ph.d. after most people would and no telling what else she does that I have no clue but she’s a go getter. So after not really talking to her for sometime she ask me the dreaded question (for me), “What’s new?” “Ummmm. You know nothing really but that’s not such a bad thing right? Same old same old,” is what I told her. She then told me my life was in a rut. I thought “Really? You think?” To make matters worse, she said it again and told me I needed to get out of that rut right away.
So now, here I am. Reading Outlive Your Life and writing a blog about exercise, diet and my journey to turn my rutted life around. I have a great husband, a beautiful dog, and a great job. At this current second all my bills are paid (I think) and I have a roof over my head. How can I feel so……..rutted? Because somewhere along the way I took my eye off of the prize. As I was reminded tonight, life is an endurance race. I only get one life and I don’t want to let it just pass me by. I was put here for a reason. How dull is it that I’ve become so self-centered? And why would I want to become so complacent? It’s boring.
Did I become this way intentionally? Of course not. God has always blessed me. I met a great man and married him. I’ve got a great job that helps me provide for our family. We bought a house, a car and adopted a dog. We are living the dream. I have the freedom on the weekends to go to races or just train for whatever race I desire. God has always been on my side. If I had a want, desire, or dream I feel like God has opened the door to make it happen. And when I reached the temporary prize in my life I lost sight. I said, “Okay, thanks” propped my feet up and flipped on the TV and checked out.
So I guess the point of all of this is God has been pounding on my door for some time and I’ve been to whatever to even listen. What is my purpose? Who knows? That’s part of my journey. Will I know at this end of this year when I’m at end of this little project? Who knows? I just think that life is one of the best races I could ever participate in and just like every race I go to, I want to make the most out of it.
From Max Lucado’s book Outlive Your Life, “Here’s a salute to a long life: goodness that outlives the grave, love that outlasts the final breath. May you live in such a way that your death is just the beginning of your life.” Salute!
Max Lucado Outlive Your Life