(I wrote this in December for Brenda Garrison's newsletter right before Mike and I went to Disney World where he ran the Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge. Thought I'd post it to my blog as motivation for me to start working out soon!)
I am a great procrastinator. Even now, I am proud of myself for writing this article early (as in, not writing it the same day it will be published). For whatever reason, I will think about plans and intentions for days on end...when, suddenly, the moment nears and I find myself rushed, stressed and a little clueless.
Sometimes I pull off amazing feats of wit and wisdom, reveling in the adrenaline rush that comes when I accomplish tasks at the last minute. I feel smart, successful, and worthy of praise.
Other times, I miss the mark..and therein lies my regret. Specifically, this week’s regret: I’m not running a 1/2 marathon this week. A 1/2 marathon I signed up for back in March 2011. A 1/2 marathon at Walt Disney World. A 1/2 marathon I planned to run alongside my husband. So, while I am still going to Walt Disney World this week with my husband and getting a neat shirt, I won’t be running. Injury? Nope, worse....laziness. Because you can’t run a 1/2 marathon if you haven’t done any running of any type over the past 9 months.
Long distance dreams require constant discipline to reach our goals. Whether it’s my walk with Christ or a run with my husband, my long-term desires are not accomplished when I procrastinate. I cannot grow in my relationship with Christ if I do not spend time daily in the Word. And I cannot reach a finish line if I don’t get off the couch and step outside, willing to experience all that God has in store for me today.