Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Life Can't Be Lived Vicariously

We all have goals, right? Some are written down in pen, and others in pencil. But we all must have goals -- certain or hopeful -- if we are to succeed in this world. 

The key is "Know thyself." The lessons we learn in life! Sometimes we are too ambitious and set unrealistic goals. At other times we underestimate what God wants to do in and through us. Today my goal was to get in a long run, but then the rain started up again. I took a nap instead. Actually, I really needed that nap. The Lord knew what was best. It's amazing to think that 2021 will be over before we know it and it will be time to set our goals for 2022, looking to the past in order to prepare for the future. 

As I said the other day, much of this has to do with the doors the Lord opens for us in our lives. As we dream about our goals, he is busy behind the scenes preparing the way. Then, as our aspirations mesh with his directing and guiding hand, we get things on the calendar, which causes us to enjoy a sense of ANTICIPATION. Right now I am reviewing my calendar for the next few months. I simply can't wait to see how my life will unfold. I am looking forward to so many things:

  • Running in the historic Virginia 10 Miler this Saturday.
  • Speaking this Sunday to a Chinese congregation. After all, I speak fluent Mandarin (wink).

  • Pushing my body to the limits in the High Bridge 50K Ultramarathon on Saturday, October 9. 
  • Speaking at the Shepherd's Seminary in Cary on Monday, October 25.
  • The Richmond Marathon on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Marathons, training, teaching and so much more, it will be a great end to 2021. This is a time to create fresh dreams, fresh ideas, fresh aspirations as we chase down the remaining months of 2021. Be not afraid to lean into the future, my friend. Be not afraid to fail. It's better to fail than to attempt nothing. As someone has said, "If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving." 

Life can't be lived vicariously through social media. It's all about living bravely and boldly.