Do you ever become overwhelmed by the “what if” factors that you
might run into on race day? Do these looming thoughts ever bleed
over into your enjoyment, love and freedom to run? And sometimes
we are too busy trying to analyze the “uncontrollables” rather than
embracing what we are in control over.
Uncontrollables could be other competitors, the weather, your body
(or stomach) just isn’t feeling it. There are things we can control such
as our own peace of mind and our confidence in training. Beyond that,
it is time to run and see what happens. There is no use in getting stuck
on the things you have no control over, because you drive yourself into
Jesus gave us a framework for living, not a play by play of how to do it.
We should be holding on to the life lessons that he gave us instead of
trying so hard to interpret the grey area. If the grey area was of the
utmost importance, he would have defined it. We often get stuck on
the grey that holds little significance in the scheme of the gospel;
therefore, we lose sight of the controllable factors.
We don’t know every bit of what is right and wrong, black and white;
so let’s live life through the lens that we know is the absolute truth:
love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and love
your neighbor as yourself. Seek first his kingdom and all else will be
added to you (Matt. 6:33).
God, as I race and run for your glory give me peace in competition to give all that I
have—not submitting to the anxiety and fear of the race. Your Word has given me
a framework for life and I want to honor that. Lord, please guide me in the message
of your Son that I may be more like him. I trust that the rest of the details will
unveil themselves in your holy and perfect timing. I will continue to seek your