I used to do a lot of running. I would run laps around my neighborhood. I would run in the dark with my best friend. I would run long runs on cool Saturday mornings. I would find solace in running. I would find peace. I would listen to worship music on my iPod, and I would meet God. I would run until I couldn’t run anymore. Run until I felt out of breath. Run until I felt the incredible rush of reaching a new distance or speed record.
I still feel like I’m running. But I’m not logging miles.
I’m running from board meeting, to staff meeting, to preschool, to grandma’s, to the grocery store, to cook dinner, to do laundry, to get some sleep.
I’m still running – but it often doesn’t bring solace.
I’m still running – but I have a hard time finding peace.
I’m still running – but I often feel too busy to meet with God.
I miss those days. I miss that type of running.
I’m not sure when I’ll “fit it in” to my schedule, and quite frankly the thought of trying to find time stresses me out a little bit. But I’m going to try to recapture that same spirit in my current “running” life.
On my way to a board meeting? Time to meet with God and seek His wisdom.
About to walk into a staff meeting? Take a moment to stop, reflect, and thank Him for all He has done.
Heading to preschool? Enjoy the silence in the car, and look forward to the chatter of my two year old.
Stopping in at Grandma’s? Appreciate the fact that both grandmas live just a few miles away and have taken care of watching Little Miss this summer (along with my Super Crafty Sister.)
Driving to the grocery store? Revel in some alone time.
Pulling out the pans to make dinner? Be thankful for my husband who is probably the one who washed those pans and put them away.
Looking at the pile of laundry waiting to be folded? Realize it won’t really matter if it sits for one more day and it’s not worth stressing out about it.
Crawling into bed? Thank God for the blessings of another day – for good health, for a job I love, for a family I adore, and so much more.
This is what running looks like in my life right now…and it’s my goal to enjoy each and every step.