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Monday, October 1, 2012
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
“Maybe I’ll just go for three today,” I thought as I tied my shoe laces.
As quickly as the thought was in my head, another joined it. “Wow, who would have ever thought I’d say those words – I’ll JUST go for three today.”
I had to laugh out loud.
Two years ago, I began a new journey. A journey that was never something I thought I’d be able to do. A journey that has transformed my patterns and has opened my mind up to possibilities I never would have dreamed of doing.
· A 5K
At the ripe old age of 43, I decided to take up running. After years of doing all sorts of other activities for exercise, many I loved and still love to do, I felt the need to add running to the regimen. It was something I always wanted to do, but never had the courage to give it a try. But, this time was different. The want-to was there.
The funny thing is, I never intended to make it a part of my everyday thinking. I wanted to be able to run a 5K and move on. But once that was accomplished, I felt like taking on more. First it was a 10K that I really didn’t train all that much for. Because running 3-4 miles per outing had become a regular habit, adding a couple more that day wasn’t a big deal.
Now, I’m training for a half-marathon. Although I’m a little nervous about it – 13.1 miles is a really long way – I have a confidence and desire that I never had before.
After I laughed at my thoughts about running that day, I felt a nudge in my sprit and a whisper in my soul. “See, you HAVE been transformed. If you’ll let me do this, let me transform more of you.”
I can’t say how many times I’ve read that scripture. I can say that I’m looking at it with fresh eyes.
Because when I can SEE the transformation that only He can bring about, it beckons me to keep going forward towards Him, asking for more.
Lord, make me more like you. I pray for a heart like yours, and a spirit that is willing to be transformed. Only you can bring about the radical change that will make my life mesh with your heart. I want that transformation. Here I am.