March 27, 2011

I Was "That" Close...

I almost quit today.

I was that close.

Isaac and I went for our run: 5 minute brisk walk, 7 minute run, followed by another 5 minute walk. Sounds so easy.

Just 17 minutes of exercise...some say it's supposed to be good for you.

Until you get to minute 7... and your heart starts protesting at the extra exertion.

Until you get to minute 9 ... and your mouth dries out because you can't catch your breath while trying to breathe through your nose.

Until minute 10 ... and everything  in. you.  wants to give. up.

"But God, I don't want to be a quitter!" I cry out in my mind.


I remember I have my iPod there for a reason.  I force myself to stop watching the countdown on the treadmill and instead focus on the song that is playing...

Every time I'm on my knees
Pleading for your strength
I will find you there, find you there

Every time I'm on my knees
Reaching for your strength
I will find you there, find you there*

Breathe...and focus...5...4...3...2...1...!! 

Yes!  I made it and I. did. not. quit.  Thank you, Lord!

"I lift up my eyes to the hills —   where does my help come from?  
My help comes from the LORD,  the Maker of heaven and earth.   
He will not let your foot slip —   he who watches over you will not slumber." 
(Psalm 121:1-3)

Keep your focus ... on the right thing.  Get your eyes off the clock, the news, the world...yourself.  And lift them up to the Lord - from where your strength comes.

And then, keep on running...'cuz you're that close.

(If you cannot see the video, go HERE.)

*Jeremy Camp: Everytime

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