I believe in Finishing Strong…

Last year, American runner Molly Huddle took fourth place in the world championships in the 10,000 meters race. You may have heard about her story. She celebrated a bit too soon near the end, letting up just enough to allow her teammate, Emily Infeld, to pass her and instead be the one to secure the bronze medal.

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She was none too pleased with herself. Every runner is trained to run through the tape, to finish strong. However, there can be unfortunate distractions that prevent one from accomplishing this in the moment that matters the most.

I recently finished my doctoral coursework and passed my comprehensive exam giving me the status of All But Dissertation (ABD). While some may feel this is cause for celebration, it really isn’t. It means that I discovered the light at the end of the tunnel was really just the beginning of another longer tunnel. As it turns out, I discovered that half of the candidates who begin that tunnel never finish! The distractions of life prevent them from running through the tape.

It is my belief that if God brings you to it, He’ll bring you through it! 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 in The Message Bible says, “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.”

What is your race? Have you decided to finish strong?

My newest goal in life it to be more like the girl in red in the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRa7mQg73Eg

 

 

 

I believe in Waiting in the Hallway…

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Often people speak of doors opening and closing, but rarely do we hear of the time spent in the hallway. We like to reflect on life as one happy snapshot to the next, and neglect to remember the trail we took to get there. There are a fortunate group, who peer safely from inside the last door they entered to see if another door across the hallway is open or not. The remainder feel a door close behind them and then…they wait…

A friend recently found herself in this waiting group. She felt God leading her away from her current position and resigned. Next, she applied for two openings, one a dream job and another a great option as well. Days turned into weeks of waiting in the hallway, then she finally got a call from the great option. Before interviewing, her family was sitting down to dinner, and her son led the family grace asking God to give his mom the dream job! I’m tearing up now as I remember his childlike faith. The one that had not given up hope yet when all hope seemed to be lost.

She was offered the great position (because she’s awesome!) and was elated that the door had opened! Wouldn’t you know it though, the dream job came calling as well! After interviewing there, her son led the family prayer time once more and pleaded with God to let his mom hear that she was hired for the dream job that very night! Can we just pause for a moment at this request? This child knows that NOTHING is impossible for God and to share with Him the desires of our hearts. My friend explained to her son that HR would not be available to let her know about the position that night, but guess what, THEY DID ANYWAY! If you’re not joining me in getting misty by now, I must not have done justice to telling their story.

When I think of this woman’s example of patience in the hallway, and this child’s example of faith I see some areas I can improve in for sure! You see, I’m in the hallway myself right now. To tell you the truth, I’ve been here for almost a year. I can choose to let it continue to torment me as I pace up and down the hallway, or I can choose to grow in my weaknesses so that when the door opens, I’m stronger for having waited.