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The Loops of Life

6:11 a.m.

Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep....

Yes, that was my alarm going off. It  was telling me that it was time to wake up.

NO....I was not ready yet. 

Today was not just any day. It was a special day. So special that it was not a snooze day. I hit the OFF button. 

I continued to sleep and dream. 

The next time my eyes opened, my phone read 7:10 a.m. 

Then, came the series of questions. What do you need to do today? What time do you need to be at the office? Can you work from home? Are you going running today? This morning or this evening? Is it going to rain today? How many miles do you want to do? 11 miles? 3.9 miles? Or a 39 minute run? What route should you run? How long will the run take? If you start running now, will you be able to talk to the twins before school?

By 7:11 a.m. I was finally up and out of the bed. It was time to get moving.

This is exactly what happens in life. We have a barrage of thoughts that run through our mind. Some of these thoughts propel us to take a leap forward. But some of these thoughts paralyze us and make us feel stuck. 

When considering the gap between action and stagnation, there is a major truth to keep in mind. Isaiah 55:9 reminds us, "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

When our thoughts are grounded and rooted in Christ, we will be led into action.

This particular morning, I was led to begin and finish a 3.9 mile run.

As I was running, I thought about the goal. The goal was 3.9 miles so I had a identify the proper route. In order for me to get to the end goal, I  was not able to take a direct route. You'll see from the picture that there were three loops. These were three different times when the straight route was not enough.
Examine the picture:

Mile 1: The first loop was soon after the run started. Even the best laid plans will sometimes have detours along the way. You see from the picture that I was a little off course. But the good news is that I did not stay off course. I took the detour, then found the course again. When life sends you a detour, accept it, learn from it, and move on from it. Find a way to get yourself back on track.

Mile 2: The second loop was hard to spot. Sometimes challenges creep up on us when we least expect them. These are the lies and fear that keep us bound up. The things that are hard to notice but still have an impact on the journey. They are the little foxes that spoil the vine. (Song of Songs 2:15). Stay alert and be ready to face whatever comes your way. 

Mile 3: The third loop was the biggest loop. As you get closer to your goals, you may encounter obstacles that seem insurmountable. Obstacles that make you want to give up and quit. But this is the time to press in. Keep the goal in mind and dig your heels in a little deeper. No matter what comes your way, keep moving forward. Even in the midst of pain and turmoil, the best is yet to come.

Always remember that God's plans will always prevail. So get up and get moving! 


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