Life Races

Analogies

Last weekend I ran a 5k and this weekend was our Sprint Tri. The 5k was rough for me. I didn’t feel strong, had a few moments of feeling nauseous and had to stop and walk a minute or two. That’s never a good feeling because we all want to do our best all the time, right? I would’ve loved to have flown through the course, beating all personal records. But that didn’t happen.  
So I looked at all my choices surrounding the race. Why did I eat that morning? What did I drink? How was my sleep? And I decided on a few things I needed to change for this upcoming Tri and it made a huge difference! I still didn’t run my fastest but I felt much better and stronger through each portion of the race.  
While I was running and thinking about this, I realized that if it weren’t for having a “less than great” run last weekend, I wouldn’t have had the great experience I had today. The best outcome for the 5k wasn’t winning that day but was in learning for tomorrow.  
Ecclesiastes 3:1
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

There is Purpose

Poetry

I’ve known every trial

Understood every temptation

Have risen and fallen

With the worst and the best
I’ve seen His hand

In the cards I’ve been given

I’ve seen He has purpose

In my failures and tests
James 1:2-4

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds,3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.