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Marathon Training Weeks 19 and 20: It Is Not About Me

Sunday, September 08, 2013

This blog is not about me.

Actually this journey, this marathon, is not about me. Not really.

I'm running for Team World Vision to raise money for clean water projects in Africa so that those in need can have clean water. If you would like to support me or read more of my blogs you can visit team.worldvision.org/got

I'm running for Peyton, a 7 yr old girl who cannot run.

I know this journey was initially for me to get closer to God, but I've found that the less it is about "me", the more it is about God, about serving, and becoming more like Jesus.

Yesterday I ran the farthest I ever have. I ran 18 miles. In a row. As I was getting ready the night before, I could not wrap my mind around 18 miles. I was scared. Doubts flooded my mind, and I couldn't envision running for 4+ hours. It was all about me, me, me.

And then the thought came to me - make it about someone else. I was already running these 18 miles for my girl Peyton, but what else could I do? Then I knew. I would pray for those in need. So I reached out to friends and family to see who needed prayer. My plan was to pray for one person per mile. I hadn't anticipated so many people wanting prayer so I had to share some miles. I wrote their names along with their miles on my arm so I would remember.

Let me tell you, this blessed me just as much as those I was praying for! The miles went by quickly, and it was not about me. I could focus my mind on others and serve in that way. My amazing running partner prayed right along with me. Out loud. We must have even some sight running with our arms folded in prayer :). It was just awesome.

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

I am still struggling on my own journey. I still have my demons that I am wrestling with. But for 4+ glorious hours I could put my energy elsewhere. I don't know how my story will end. I don't know if I will have victory, in the end. But I know that my God is big and with Him, I can do anything. And with prayer, the impossible is possible.

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