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Wish I could run.

April 22, 2013

But, I am glad I can walk.  For the last six weeks or so, I have dreamed at least once per week that I can run again.  For those not knowing, I broke my left femur in two places three months ago.  I have run since I was five years old.  In all I have run around forty-one thousand miles in my lifetime.  Now, though, for the moment, I can’t run.  

Why is it that so often we just focus on what we can’t do and stay there?

I can walk, cycle, do Taekwondo, work … the list goes on, which is amazing considering my condition just three months ago.  In reality, though, the thought in my mind I keep coming back to is what I can’t do.  Maybe it is the goal in front of me that drives me on to rehab my leg, to run again.  

Possibly, it reveals something about our nature to lose focus on the now and instead obsess about loss of yesterday.  

In conflict with that is my constant celebration of what God has blessed me to be able to do since my accident, but then there is the question that nags … Will I run again?  

So many times our identity is wrapped up in parts of ourselves that have been lost in years gone by instead of being based on the now or on where we are headed.  I’m challenged by Colossians 3 to focus on the things of Heaven and Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12) because I typically am focusing on the yesterdays that prevent me from getting the most of today and being full of hope for tomorrow.

Will I run again?  No idea.  Hope so.  Better yet, I may not run, but because of Jesus, I know I will fly.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mildred Mayfield permalink
    April 23, 2013 3:21 pm

    Hang in there, Marty. I certainly don’t know what the Lord has planned for you, but I know it will be just what you need. We always miss things that we love and were able to do, when we can no longer do them. Concentrate on all the good things in your life and focus on one day at a time. Although I have no idea how, I truly believe you will be much richer for this experience. Trust and accept; much easier said than done. Peace to you.

  2. Linda Carey permalink
    April 25, 2013 1:54 am

    I pray you will run again, but you are so right — What it is really about is that we can fly because of Jesus!!!

    • April 25, 2013 3:58 am

      Thank you for the prayers and for “getting” the post.

  3. Savannah permalink
    April 28, 2013 8:25 pm

    Love it! Thanks for the perspective, brother!

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