30 Days Of…Day 22 – “Change”

 

Have you ever heard someone say “the only thing constant is change”? Change is taking place all the time be it in us, through us, or around us, it never stops. I haven’t always embraced change, but as I move into a new season of maturity, change seems to be the catalyst that keeps me going. Change has pushed me to move outside of my comfort zone. When I started changing, I decided to take a kick boxing class, to jog/walk in a 5K, an 8K, and a 10K. Change propelled me into going to a Christian writer’s conference by myself (driving to San Diego, California). Change gave me an idea to write a book (it’s not published yet, but I wrote it). Change makes me see opportunities I would never have seen before. Change is what pushes me to press towards the mark of the high calling that God has for me. I don’t always know what that mark is, but as long as my faith remains strong in God I can keep pressing so I can move up higher on the ladder of change.

 

When you are through changing, you are through. ~Bruce Barton

You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish. ~Author Unknown

Things do not change; we change. ~Henry David Thoreau

Our only security is our ability to change. ~John Lilly

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Romans 12:2 (Amplified Bible) 

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30 Days Of…Day 9 – “Race Day”

I say race day, but really it’s not a race because I’m not racing against anyone I’m just trying to make it to the finish line. Today I did a 5K run/walk. A 5K is 5 kilometers and 5 kilometers equals 3.1 miles. Three miles doesn’t sound like a like, but for amateur like me it is a lot. Every time I do one of these, I find myself saying “why did you sign up for this”.

We are smiling before the 5K

I ask myself why are you doing this? Well, I think the reason I started doing these races, is because it is a way for me to keep myself active and a part what I need to do be healthier person. Another reason is that I have found that you meet a lot of interesting people while you are walking.

One lady walked up to my friend Gail (she did the walk/run with me) and just started talking. She’s like, “I’ve got some good gospel music to run with today. I’ve got Fred Hammond, John P. Kee,  and Darwin Hobbs. Do have any gospel music today?” Gail’s reply was “I have some in my Ipod but I don’t have it with me today”.

A father and his 5 year daughter were running the 5k. The daughter was a little runner. She would not stop running and her dad had a hard time keeping up with her. He told us that she was very competitive and that her 7 year brother was about a mile behind them. She was so cute and she didn’t even seem tired. She might be a Olympian some day.

There were mothers with babies and jogging strollers. I saw another mother with a double stroller with twins. People of all ages, sizes and ethnicities were out there putting one foot in front of the other making an effort to get to the finish line. I’m huffing and puffing, but I’m still moving. People were passing me up and I was passing other people up. We all had one goal in mind and that was to make it to the end and get our finisher medals. After we cross the finish line you forget about the struggle and the pain and you are just happy that you accomplished something.

“I’m Tired but I Did it”

We made it! Gail was a great coach, she kept me moving..

“We Made It”

Am I gonna do it again? Even though I keep asking myself when I get out there, “why did you do this”, yes I am going to do it again and probably again.