Archive for September 29th, 2008

Keeping Pace

I do everything fast. I eat fast, I talk fast, I walk fast, and I live fast. The problem is I let my competitive spirit push me hard for a season and then I crash—nothing left, dried up, on empty.

 

I noticed this small downfall on a recent camping trip I took with some friends. We decided to go trail running, and of course I had it in my mind to be the fastest. We started out and I ran hard—for about five minutes. I had to stop. I couldn’t keep going. I took a break to catch my breath and started back up again.

 

Thankfully, Cody stayed with me, and after a couple times of stopping and starting, he had a great idea.  “Why don’t I run in front of you, and keep a steady pace?” It was hard at first, because I wanted to speed up, but every time I did I ran into Cody.  He kept me in pace, and I had to follow him.

 

It worked. I ran behind him the whole way, and didn’t have to stop once! I matched his footsteps and finished the run with energy to spare. Yes, we ran slower than I wanted, but in the long haul it paid off. 

 

I often do the same with my relationship with God—get ahead of myself, get a head of Him, instead of letting Him lead me.  I want to go fast, figure everything out right now, have all the answers, but I always end up running into Him.  It’s hard to keep the pace, but in the long haul it will always pay off.

 

What about any of you? Do you struggle keeping pace? Do you live life fast, slow, neutral?

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