Today I reached a mental and physical milestone that I’ve been dreading/looking forward to. 8 miles outside. I’ve only run that distance one other time and it was on a treadmill at a zero incline. Until recently I never even attempted more than 6.2, just enough to let me survive a 10K.
Eventually I want to be able to run a 10-miler, so I’ve been working my way up to that point, with today being “the day” I hit that 8 mile mark.
Before I left I posted on a private Facebook group that I was nervous about today’s run. I got encouragement from those in the group and headed out on my run, with butterflies in my stomach. Just before I stepped out my door, the thought, “You were not created with a spirit of fear,” entered my mind. I knew that there was a scripture on that so I did my best to remember the rest of it.
When it didn’t come to me within a minute of walking, I used my handy-dandy iPhone to look it up and when I read the full scripture I realized that it was meant just for me, and just for that moment.
Check out the screen shot of my phone, in particular the very last word of the verse:
I’ve read this scripture dozens of times before but never noticed that it mentioned self-discipline! I had no reason to fear this run because I was not given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and self-discipline! Yes, I do all of this (run, watch my diet, Insanity, etc.) through Christ who gives me strength, but the Lord also helps me with self-discipline! I may not have wanted to run today but I did anyway.
That just made my day. I’m going to confess something that a good Chaplain’s wife probably shouldn’t: I haven’t had an official quiet time in a few months. I love quiet times in the morning with my Bible, a study book, and my journal. But this journey has been so totally different and I’ve found that Jesus is happily meeting me on my runs, and today even gave me a scripture that applied perfectly. I didn’t have my Bible on me but I had 3G and that worked just fine today.
And I accomplished that muddy run in 1:19:26.