"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The 2012 Mantra Unveiled ... drum roll, please ...

Psalm 118:24 
'This is the day that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.' 

The process began several weeks ago and concluded with the receipt of today's mail from Road ID.  If you recall, the annual mantra search is not taken lightly here on Shady Maple Lane (The 2012 Suggestion Box).  My personal experience, along with research by numerous experts on both running and goal achievement, makes this a "must do" annual activity.  I am now ready to take on 2012!  

So, you might be wondering, what is the significance to this selected inspiration shown above? Glad you asked :)  There are really two aspects to next year's mantra that I will draw from to push me through the daily obstacles and stay the course.  Each was revealed independently over the last few weeks, yet collectively they truly compliment the overall mindset that I take into the new year.  

First, recent updates from our good buddy Chris have not been encouraging.  Our friend was diagnosed with cancer back in early ’11 and has been a fighter ever since (for more: Vapor Called Life).  Make that a fighter with more grace and peace than you’ve ever seen or imagined possible.  Lately it has been tough.  Still fighting, but thoughts of just how frail and delicate life can be seem to be always present. 

Of course, we've all heard the pep talks ..... “you just never know what tomorrow holds”  or  “we're all just one lab test away from facing our own life battle”  or  “tomorrow is never promised”  or  “the grass withers and the flowers fade”..... But I guess it sometimes takes seeing this truth work itself out through a personal relationship to really wake us to the reality of these talks. Chris’ determination to make each day count in the life of his friends and family has burdened me with a greater responsibility and desire to do the same.

The affirmation to this thought came by way of praise and worship time during a recent service at ROCC. The song was Lincoln Brewster’s ’Today is the day’.  Based on Psalm 118:24 and a reminder that not only are we called to make the most of each day, but to do so with a glad heart and with a joy that He has provided.  His creation extends past the world around us and into this very day.  I also thought it was a great transition from 2011’s verse regarding 'shouts of laughter and songs of joy!' (Psalm 116:2)

Well, there it is. The reminder that will motivate my physical endeavors and spiritual journey for the next 365. The daily reflection that will bring Chris to mind while my strength allows for what his does not.  The short phrase that will hopefully lead to kinder words, disciplined training, greater joy, purpose in the passion, and finishing strong, in whatever it might be that I am taking on. It’s not complicated and it’s not especially deep, philosophically speaking.  That’s the beauty of a good mantra; simple yet effective.  Find yours and try it out on the new year. Just remember that today is the day! 

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