Summer Runnin’

Summer runs—man, they can get hot!  I am trying to schedule them for the mornings, but sometimes this doesn’t always work out.  Then by the time the evening comes, it still doesn’t feel as cool as I’d like to run in.  It’s hard.  I have to really make myself get out there and get my run in.  Once I am out there, usually I am fine, but if I run in the dead heat of the day, it is a challenge and not as enjoyable, but a girl has to do what a girl has to do.

Usually, I can easily convince myself out of it.  Tell myself that I will find time later, knowing full well that I won’t.  Sometimes, I just take baby steps.  I’ll just change into my running clothes and see how I feel.  Then I’ll putter around the house, doing a few odd and end chores, and then maybe I’ll put my sneakers on.  After that I’ll decide to download a few new songs to help convince me to hit the pavement, or a new audio book usually does the trick, and then out I go.

I have in my head that I’ll just do a small run, maybe just a three kilometer one, because it is too hot.  As I progress through my run, and my kilometers, I usually always ending up running more than I planned.  I just take it one kilometer at a time.  By the end I will get in my five or more kilometers that I should have been doing in the first place, but I really have to play tricks with my mind.

This is the same for anything hard that is facing you in your life.  Maybe you have a wacky neighbor that you just can’t seem to connect with.  Could it be your mother-in-law is hard to handle, and is always around?  Maybe your marriage is on the rocks and you don’t think you can stay another day in this relationship.  Do you have a crazy co-worker that you just can’t seem to shake?  Did you just lose a loved one and you don’t think you can continue without them?

Whatever hardship you are facing realize that it is just a season you are going through.  Just like running in the heat of the summer, you might have to take it in baby steps.  It will be hard facing the daily challenge and sometimes you might not want to get out of bed, but take baby steps.  Do one thing at a time, and you will eventually be functioning and not realizing it.

We all face hard times and usually these hard times are put in our lives to transform us.  We need these people or situations in our lives for a reason.  We probably don’t understand why they are happening and we might get a bit frustrated, depressed, bitter, negative and even resentful toward God, but please don’t.  There are things you will not understand.  It is written in 1 Corinthians 2:14, “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”

We don’t have the capacity to understand why we face hardships, but nobody is sheltered from them.  Every one of us has to experience them.  We can let them defeat us, and keep us down, or we can try and bear the heat of our summer run.  It’s just a season, and we still have to get our workout in.  We still need to continue on with life.  When we know it is painful, and we don’t want to do it, that is when we just take baby steps.  One thing at a time.  Trick our minds into doing what we really don’t want to face.

If you turn to God’s word and spend some time with God, he will help you get over this horrible season in your life and face people or situations that you don’t want to face.  It’s incredible what he can help you with.  You can start doing this in baby steps too.  Try taking the first five minutes of your morning learning about his goodness and mercy.  Once you start with five minutes, it will probably increase once you feel his amazing love and the peace that comes over you.  He makes facing any situation bearable!