About a month ago, I decided that I would start running. I've run before but it's been awhile. I became motivated because I have a husband that runs and now a good friend and daughter started running. I was beginning to feel left in their dust. So I started to train using an app on my iphone called Couch to 5K. The concept is that you can run a 5K race in 9 weeks training time. It's going to take me longer. I'm doing each week twice because I want to make sure I don't injure my knees.
I have a friend from high school who said she would run with me. It wasn't until we started running that I remembered that she ran track in high school. And she has legs that are 6 feet long! Seriously! What was I thinking! I definitely felt like I got in a really good run because I was having to stretch myself. I actually thought I could feel like my legs were longer. I mean they would have to be to keep up with her, right? If it were only that easy!
So I started thinking about how we should stretch ourselves. We should reach beyond what we are. We should no longer accept the excuses that we tell ourselves or that Satan whispers to us. You know what they are. Satan likes to tell us we are too stupid, or too fat, or too ugly, or a bad mom, or a bad wife, or we come from the wrong kind of background. The list goes on. John 10:10 says "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." Some versions say so that you can have life more ABUNDANTLY. I like that! I want life that is abundant and full. And so does God. Philippians 3:14 says "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." God accepts us where we are but wants so much more for us. He wants us to ask him but he also wants us to do the work.
I'm stretching myself to run but I'm also stretching myself here on this blog. I won't let Satan tell me that I don't matter. That I'm too weak or too old. That I can't make a difference. I will give it to God and ask that he use it how he sees best and in his time!
I'd love to hear how you are stretching yourself!