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Running for Life [abundantly]

December 29, 2010

I want to really live in 2011, but sometimes I fear the unknown and I fear failure.

I’m still on vacation at my parents place, and this morning I went on a run for the second time this week. It had been over a year since I ran last. In the first 15 minutes of my run, I felt stronger and my pace was faster than it was on Monday. I barely had to stop and walk. I didn’t look at the time to see if I was almost done. I just savored the feeling of sweat again, my surroundings and my worship music on Pandora.

Then I thought about the fears I had: Can I really run again and run well? Can I really drop the 10 lbs. of baby weight that’s lingering? I wasn’t sure if I had it in me.

On my way back home, the wind blew harder against my face and my feet ached. I had to walk again. I looked over at the golf course to my right and the landscape was brown- not a pretty bright green as I thought it should be. I thought about how I didn’t want my life to be dormant and drab like that green. I wanted my life to be alive and vibrant. A life that bears much fruit.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10

Then I thought about my fears again. Fear and the worries of this world tend to choke the life out of me. And the Enemy wants exactly that. But Jesus came so I would live life to its fullest.

In 2011, I want to take the first steps required for me to live more fully in my relationship with Christ. It might mean getting up early before the babies are awake to be in the Word. Or praying more through out the day. Or having self-control and resisting the urge to get angry at my toddler or impatient with my husband. Or embracing where I am right now and complaining less. Or going out of my way to love and invest radically in someone who is different than me. It might mean dreaming God-sized dreams.

I’m not sure, but I know I need to live more. I know that I haven’t fully embraced the abundant life that God has for me.

Well, after walking those few minutes in my run, I picked up my pace again. My parents’ house was in the distance and I started sprinting towards it, knowing there was no other choice but to run again.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 30, 2010 9:07 am

    This is exactly where I am but I’m giving in to the path of least resistence in some major areas of my life that need active discipline. Great thoughts; thanks for sharing.

  2. December 30, 2010 9:50 am

    Melody- Thanks for being honest. I pray that the new year will help bring a fresh start to those areas of disciplines. You are definitely not alone!

  3. December 30, 2010 12:28 pm

    God bless you, Samantha.

  4. December 30, 2010 5:54 pm

    Sounds like a great plan for the new year! I can feel the same as you, so what you’ve written here is a great reminder to press on!

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    December 30, 2010 7:11 pm

    Samantha, I see you sprinting with joy and love in your heart into God’s rich, verdant meadow of blessings in 2011!

    Samantha, I think that it is a wonderful idea to get up early before your babies are awake to be studious in the Word.

    God will definitely empower you with the strength and inspiration to pray more throughout the day, especially if you show a keen desire to honour Him by studying His holy scriptures.

    You really can run again and run well! You really can drop those 10 lbs! Oh yes, and you do have it in you to do all these things – and plenty more.

    Be encouraged, Samantha, for you are a great dreamer of dreams and I know that God has many more life-enhancing, God-sized dreams for you to dream in 2011!

    Josef Sefton

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