Our Personal Best

And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
Luke 13:29

As the 2019 Chicago Marathon approaches, I recall our older son’s effort a few years ago. I enjoy walking, but I admit that I’m no athlete. Though my husband maintains a very respectable workout schedule, he doesn’t consider himself to be an athlete. Still, our older son managed to acquire the very best of our gene pool in this regard. Mike has enjoyed participating in sports since his t-ball days. Running became a serious pursuit for him in adulthood. He completed the 2013 Chicago Marathon within a very respectable time-frame. When he ran his second marathon, his only goal was to exceed his personal best and he did.

This reminiscing urged me outdoors for a trek of my own. As I considered what my son accomplished, I pushed myself to walk a bit more briskly and a bit farther. Once I established my pace, I attended to the beauty around me, my constant companion during these jaunts. The sky boasted an amazingly deep blue and the trees showed off their emerging fall colors. The spraying fountain which I pass near our village hall sparkled in the sunshine like an array of diamonds. “Thank you, for all of this!” I prayed.

My son and I embark upon very different journeys when we exercise. Mike attends to what his body tells him, while I attend to the things outside of me. We each do what we must to accomplish our goals and we both feel very good in the end.

Unique demands accompany each of our journeys through this life. God asks only that we deal with these things as we can as best we can and as only we can. This is all that is required.

Gracious God, our personal best -even when it isn’t very good- is all that you ask. Thank you!

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Embrace The Race

And people will come from the east and the west…
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.

Luke 13:29-30

Though The Chicago Marathon was run almost six weeks ago, a friend recently shared her excitement over completing the race. I understand her pride because my older son ran the marathon two years ago. I continue to marvel over the commitment that got him to the race. I also still remember his time which was his personal best: four hours and seven minutes. Amazing!

As I considered what my friend and my son accomplished, I reminded myself that the things which are important to us usually require a commitment. Our persistence or lack thereof in keeping these commitments make the importance of these things quite clear. When we maintain our interest and effort through thick and thin, we do so because this particular quest is a priority. When we fail to do so, we likely haven’t taken the activity or cause at hand to heart.

You know, we all embark upon very different journeys when we greet each new day. Wherever our paths take us, we do what is needed to accomplish our goals. In the end, we hopefully feel very good about what we have done. Even when the results aren’t what we had hoped for, the run itself is worth the effort. God asks only that we tend to these things as only we can and as best we can.

Gracious God, we each have a unique race to run. May all of our efforts take us home to you.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved