Happy Tuesday Everyone!
As you know, we’ve been editing Make Me A Legend for the past 5-6 weeks. I’m exhausted, Marcus is exhausted, Megan seems to be ok at the moment… this has been a very difficult process. It reminds me of so many other long and grueling tasks and situations we all face at various moments in time.
So, I thought to write on the subject of endurance today. Then I thought, why create something entirely new when I already wrote an amazing blog on this topic:
On that morning, I was suffering from exhaustion. I was overworked, my creativity was gone, and I couldn’t find joy in anything I was doing at that time. I also had a severe case of writers block. I felt as if I would never be able to type another word for the rest of my life. And then I wrote (with added revisions)…
This is how Emily and I felt around mile 17 at the Outer Banks Marathon! I remember one of us said to the other, “Oh God, we still have nine miles to go and we’re already spent!”
Ask any runner about preparing for the 26.2-mile marathon, and sooner or later you will hear about THE WALL!
The wall is a legendary thing. Usually encountered around mile 20, it’s the point where the flesh weakens, the spirit sags and the will drains away into a little puddle on the ground. Legs turn to melting Jell-O and breath comes in short, gasping gulps. In all of sports, there is probably nothing as feared, or misunderstood, as this inner barrier where the unprepared run out of steam and can go no further.
People face walls in many areas of life:
- Marriage: Staying faithful to one person for life> resisting the temptation to divorce during times of numbness.
- Education: Making it to a graduation and a degree> resisting the temptation to settle at a lower level than originally projected.
- Career: Handling the pressures of working with impossible people> resisting the temptation to bail in times of conflict, or neglect, or injustice, or initial failure.
- Church: Being able to stay where God plants us> resisting the temptation to church hop because of problems we’ve recognized.
- Spiritual: Sometimes, we even face walls in our relationship with God> and we must resist the temptation to drop out of the race… the temptation to go back to that old miserable way of life we once longed to be delivered from.
Here is the great message behind the marathon wall: Just when you think you cannot go any farther, you most certainly can!
The key to blasting through a wall is to keep moving forward! Whatever you do, don’t quit here! You’ve come way too far to drop out now. Don’t ever stop moving forward in life! Don’t ever quit on a good mission!
Todays blog is a message about endurance! It’s an admonition to remain faithful in the long races of life! While so many others drop out over every little taste of complication, you can become one of the few people in your world to finish the races you start!
Recent statistics show that only one percent (1%) of the worlds population ever finish a marathon! Consider this the next time you feel like a failure just because you’re exhausted at mile seventeen. Marathons are not supposed to be easy. If they were, everybody would be doing them!
Most marathons have a reasonable time limit for completion, leaving plenty of time to push through the wall and race to the finish! Even though performance may lag for a few miles, successful finishes are the blessed reward of the faithful! I have found this also to be true in life! It’s never too late to get on with the race!