Did they really mean “dash”?

IMG_20150103_172451138I hate running.  Always have, really.  And yet I did the whole high school athletics thing, such as it was for young women back in the 70’s.  I was generally pretty terrible at it, but when you’re a 6-foot female, it’s just something you feel you have to try I suppose.  I was even on the track and field team for a year or two.

Guess what they do in track and field… 

dinosaur_cartoon_animal_animation_clipartI think at one meet I finished a race in about 94 seconds.  In my case, it was mistakenly labeled the 400-yard-dash.  For me, it was more of a plod, woeful, but at least I finished.

So a big shout out to bloggin’ buddy Marie Griffith at Full Time! Over the past year, she’s started her running adventure and has been working her way up—I anticipate a full marathon is in her future, and maybe one of those crazy tri’s. 

A consideration~~It’s one thing to run a 5K, but quite another to walk 25 miles.  The former has you huffing and puffing at the end; the latter pain creeps up on you slowly, when you feel it the next day, and the next.  We don’t really think of walking as strenuous, but in reality, walking is being extolled for its remarkable health benefits.  Why?  Because over time it’s more strenuous than one may think.  I mean, after all, it’s just walking, right?

Here’s my point.  It’s one thing to weather a crisis in life.  It’s exhausting, but when it’s over, and the dust clears, and you’re still standing, we applaud you as victor.  Yea. 

Unfortunately, we tend not to see the rigor and stamina needed for the monotony of everyday life, and even less do we allow ourselves even a pat on the back for a job well done—changing that diaper, cleaning that frig, getting the whole fam to sit down for a meal, putting in 8-10 hours in the cubicle to put that meal on the table.  Over time, this walking through the daily tasks of responsible living and loving, gets…exhausting.  Only it creeps up on us unawares. 

Like the sore muscles that we didn’t expect from just….walking.

Runners like my friend, Marie, have strategies.  They know how to pace themselves, listen to their bodies, and when to push through it or not.  Brilliant!  She knows how to cooperate with her body to prevent a pulled muscle, or physical exhaustion.

I’m thinking that I need to take a lesson from her for the “walking through daily life” as well.  Over time, without these strategies, my heart and head start to ache, and I’m not even aware of it as it becomes normalcy.

I would love to hear some of your strategies in walking through life to avoid mental and spiritual exhaustion.  And in the comment section, I’ll share some of mine.

And Marie, when you get to the Ironman, I was photos of Hawaii!

“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”

Hebrews 10:36  Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

17 thoughts on “Did they really mean “dash”?”

  1. Dawn, thank you for the shout out and your idea that I might one day do a marathon. I can’t see it right now but a half-marathon I can see faintly….maybe. Anyway, before I started to run I walked for my daily fitness….for over 25 years that was my main fitness regimen. I believe had I not walked all those years that my running would be even more challenging. All that so say, that our daily disciplines matter. Not only do they help me carry out my everyday routines – caring for my family, working a full-time job, being a wife, mother, and friend, and all that comes with those roles – the daily disciplines get me through when a crisis comes. My daily disciplines include reading God’s Word, journaling my prayers, and thinking….lots of thinking about what I’m reading and listening to. I attend church, and serve, and gather with friends. And with all of that I constantly have to watch that I not become too busy. Someone said to me this week, “we’re so busy serving here and there, doing this and that, being on that committee, building this team, growing in our leadership and lots of other things……but are we following Jesus?” WOW! That one hit me right between the eyes. God told us to love Him and love others. That’s the point…..I want it to be the point of everything I do. Unfortunately, it isn’t always. The daily disciplines help keep my eyes focused on Jesus. God is faithful to nudge me when I get too busy and too tired but then it’s up to me to make the wise choices with my time and resources. And I try to remember that those daily things like you listed, changing the diapers, wiping the counters, cooking a meal, doing my best work at my job…. are some of the most important things I do.

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    1. Honestly, brother, THAT is a great strategy. Even (especially?) when it comes to marriage. The term “tyranny of the urgent” is so true; we allow too much stuff to get in the way of what’s truly important.

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      1. I have preached 5 Sundays since the beginning of September. I have had a few church contacts again, but God hasn’t led in any of those directions. I am sensing His leadership in a particular way but am not ready to reveal it yet. Things are scary and exciting at the same time. Please be praying specifically in the area of provision. My wife left her job after 16 years. It has been quite challenging since the pregnancy, and God made it abundantly clear that she needed to step aside. It will be interesting to see what God does as we have taken this leap of faith.

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  2. Walking! What a wonderful “taken for granted” thing to do. I swapped the wheelchair for a walker yesterday so for about 24 hour I have had to walk (or at least take a step) to do anything. Every step must be focused upon. How could I have gone to bed every night for these many years without thinking to say thanks for that and other seemingly mundane things.

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  3. I am reading this as I work it all out on the elliptical. I made a spot for my workouts in the garage. I use this time away from the rest of the household to listen to my favorite songs, pray, ponder, or read the right post at just the right time. Wow.

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