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Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon Revelations
November 30, 2008, 7:38 am
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As I was running my half marathon on Thanksgiving Day, I had a few revelations that I thought I’d share with you.

Take life one step at a time… one foot in front of the other. Even though you know in the end where you’re going, the only way you’ll get there is by persistence, putting one foot in front of the other, taking it day by day, hour by hour.

A wise man once told me that the rudder can only move the boat when it’s moving. Seems simple, but he wanted me to understand that at some point all the guidance and wisdom in the world is pointless if you don’t step out and do something. Even if, in the end, it’s not the right thing, you’ll discover that once you move somewhere and do something. You will never know what’s right and wrong unless you move first.

Now that’s not to say that you should move here and there at every whim, but it does mean that if you feel that God has said, “go here” then you need to go there. Even if you heard wrong, you now know that door isn’t an option.

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You have to run the race that God has called you to run. That includes finishing in HIS timing. It’s not about running someone else’s race, or someone else’s pace, or running the race someone else expects you to run. I think sometimes we see other’s doing something great and we feel like we should be able to do the same thing, but the reality is that they have an entirely different set of circumstances surrounding their race. Different training, different levels of athleticism, and preparedness, different motivation.

God’s timing is impeccable; it’s perfect.

There have been times in my life where I wondered, “What is God really doing here? I know His timing is perfect, and He’s in control and in charge of things, but right now it doesn’t make sense.” But I sometimes fail to realize that His ways and thoughts are so much higher than mine. He’s looking at the big picture and I’m looking and today and tomorrow.

I’ve also come to the realization that just because the timing for something isn’t “right now” doesn’t mean it’s not “right”. The plans may be the correct ones, but the timing isn’t right, making the whole scenario wrong.

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A midst the sea of people, it’s easier to recognize your father when you know what he looks like and more importantly, what he sounds like. Regardless of where he said he’d be, if you know what to look and listen for, you’ll see him right where he is, and right where you need him to be.

Think about the people that you know the best in your life. You’d be able to recognize them anywhere at anytime, sometimes just hearing their voice is enough. When they leave you a message they may simply say, “It’s me” and you know exactly who it is. However, if someone you’ve just met or haven’t talked to in a while said the same thing, our immediate question becomes, “Who is this?” I wonder if continually second guess what we “hear” God say, how well do we really know Him? Can we recognize His voice in the midst of all the others or do we say, “Who is this again?”

Just some food for thought…

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