Good morning! Happy Monday to you all!
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Yesterday, October 6, 2013, I ran my first official half marathon. That is 13.1 miles! Since this is a half marathon there is a saying that you are only “Half crazy”, which is so appropriate. Yesterday was extremely hot and tested my mental, emotional, spiritual and physical state. There were times I wanted to give up. There were other times I wanted to cry. There were moments where I felt empowered and even moments I felt weak. I spoke to God throughout the entire race. I told myself to run my own race at my own pace. It wasn’t about beating anyone or keeping up with anyone. (Side Note: Kingdom people: Don’t try to compete with other people. Just run your race at the pace God has given you. Don’t become consumed with winning, resolve to finish strong). This race was about stretching my limits and God truly stretched me.
Philippians 4:13 gave me hope. I had to tap into where my strength came from. My strength comes from the Lord. I am so strong because I serve a strong God! I can truly do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I believe that thing more than ever now. This time last year I ran my first 5k (3.1 miles) and thought I would die and now a year later I ran 13.1 miles and can’t wait to run the next one. Yeah, I’m half-crazy!
This morning I began thinking that not only am I “half-crazy” to run a half marathon, but I’m half-crazy to believe that my God will do what He said He would do. God told me that I can do ALL things and I’m half-crazy to believe that I can. I know that the best is Yet to Come and I’m going to take my half-crazy self and praise God daily, I’ll serve Him daily, I’ll spread His love with others daily, I will pray daily and I will life my life with PURPOSE!
How many people are crazy about the Lord??? Excuse me while I shout!!! God has transformed me from the inside out. Spiritually I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, emotionally I’m restored, mentally I am sound, physically I am a champion. I serve a mighty God!!! So I’m going to take my half-crazy self and praise God for the rest of my life.
Have a blessed day.
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.
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