Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Sun'll Come Up Tomorrow...

Maybe. Hopefully. Personally, I'm beginning to wonder if that bright yellow ball in the sky has gone on strike.

This is my 3rd day in a row with no morning run. Yesterday and the day before were cloudy and way too freezing cold, with better conditions forecast for the afternoons, so I chose to put the runs off until later in the afternoon. This morning I woke with temperatures in the high 20s (comparatively warm to what we've had), but a freezing rain falling to the ground. It's like this cold snap just will not go away!

So, sometime today, I'll get that run in. This morning's decision to delay was made more for safety concerns than for comfort. Last night, the sidewalk to our porch was already freezing over when we arrived home. So if figured there would be some ice on the roads this morning. With my next marathon less than two weeks away, I'm not taking any chances (at least not in the dark) with falling on the ice. It was also made easier by the fact that we're out of school today because of the weather, meaning I can pretty much run anytime the weather gives me a break.

Somehow, some way, I'm going to get this run in today, for several reasons. First, the above mentioned upcoming marathon. Next weekend, my wife and I are headed to Baton Rouge, LA to run the Louisiana Marathon. That means I'll already be taking some days off next week to rest the legs for that race. I don't want to feel pressured to run on those scheduled off days, and end up too tired on race day. Second, I've set a goal to run 2,014 miles in 2014. After two straight days off from running due to travel last weekend, I'm already slightly behind my pace to meet that goal. I should be caught up after this weekend's 10 mile run I have planned, IF I get all my runs in this week. And third, it's still January and I've committed to complete the Janathon challenge to workout and blog about it every day of the month.

And that brings up my Janathon thing. Yesterday, I did get in a 6 mile run. It was in the afternoon, and turned into a pretty good run. It took about three miles to get warmed up and loosened up, and until then it felt like it was going to be a really bad run. I attributed the difficulty to the seemingly unending cold we've endured here for the past few days. But what I didn't do yesterday was blog about the run.

Truth be told, it was just too full a day to find the time at the keyboard. I was off work due to an appointment I needed to make, and we had our beautiful little granddaughter with us all day. We returned home after the appointment, and little Zoey went down for her nap. That's when I headed out the door for my run. But after I returned, showered and ate, she was up again. Rather than sit down to tap out a blog post, I spent the afternoon playing with her. Then it was off to church last evening. And after church, we had to take our little treasure back to her parents. That made it 10:00 PM before we got home. Not much longer after that, I was out, asleep on the couch.

So I just didn't find the time to hammer out my blog post on yesterday's run. Yesterday. Since I haven't run today, I'm counting this post as yesterday's Janathon post to keep the streak alive. :)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Luke 12:34

So I guess that brings up the question of priorities, a good topic to write about today.

We find ourselves torn between what we've committed to, what we need to do, what we want to do, and what we should do all the time. In this case, I had committed to blog every day. But yesterday there were several things vying for my time, and I had to make a choice.

Blogging yesterday would have meant giving up something else. My run. My time with Zoey. Church. At least one of them. Since the run was also part of the Janathon challenge, I can't really count that as a reason not to satisfy my committment. But the other two, Zoey and church, I wasn't willing to give up to post a few paragraphs on the internet.

In my younger days, I might have. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time doing things I no longer consider so important, time I could have spent with my kids. I gave up a lot of opportunities to spend time with them because I assumed I'd always have them with me. Now I know different. Our kids are only with us for a little while. I'll always regret that time not spent with them, but I don't want to repeat that mistake with Zoey. She's definitely where my treasure is!

Not so long ago, I might have given up church too, in order to write that blog post. I'm ashamed to say that for way too many years, church didn't hold a place in my heart. It wasn't where my treasure was. Now, that's different. Now I hate to miss church. There are times we don't make it, and each time we do I crave it. Can't wait to get back. Church, the gathering together with other believers, studying and learning about God's word, just being in God's house, are now definitely where my treasure is too.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ~ Matthew 6:33

I can promise you, since I've become committed to church and to my granddaughter, since I've abandoned those things that distracted me for so long, that I considered so important for so long, that occupied so much of my time I can never get back, since then I have such peace I could never have imagined before. And really, that peace is what I was seeking all along, in all those pursuits that left me empty and with regrets.

So it really is all about getting your priorities in the right place. Once you get things right with God, once you find and do His will for your life, the rest will fall into place. You'll have peace most can't imagine.

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