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

Our Personal Journeys

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.
From Luke 13:22-30

As marathon time approaches, I recall my older son’s effort last year. My husband and I are not athletes. Still, our son managed to acquire the very best of our gene pool in this regard. Though Mike has enjoyed participating in sports since his t-ball days, running is now a serious pursuit for him. He completed the 2013 Chicago Marathon within a very respectable timeframe.

All of this reminiscing pushed me outdoors for a trek of my own. As I considered what my son has 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 most vibrant 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.

It seems that my son and I embark upon very different journeys when we head outdoors. Mike attends to what his body tells him, while I tend 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 tend to these things as we can as best we can. This is all that is required.

Gracious God, thank you for your unique call to each one of us. Give us the generosity, wisdom and strength to answer as best we can. Make our efforts a blessing to all whom we meet along the way.

©2014 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Walk or Run

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.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.
From Luke 13:22-30

My older son ran the Chicago Marathon a few weeks ago. Though my husband and I are not athletes, our son managed to acquire the very best of our gene pool in this regard. Though Mike has enjoyed participating in sports since his t-ball days, running has become a seriously pursued and enjoyed endeavor for him. I admit that I am impressed by both his commitment and his endurance. Mike completed this marathon at his best time yet -four hours and seven minutes. Though he admitted to being completely spent afterward, he shared that he was also extremely happy.

The day after the marathon, I headed outdoors for a trek of my own. As I considered what my son had 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 most vibrant 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.

You know, my son and I embarked upon very different journeys when we headed outdoors a few weeks ago. While Mike attended to what his body told him along the way, I tended to the things outside of me. We each did what was needed in order to accomplish our goals. In the end, we both felt very good about what we had done. Unique demands accompany each of our journeys through this life. God asks that we tend to these things as only we can and as best we can. This is all that is required of any of us.

Gracious God, thank you for your unique call to each one of us. Give us the generosity, wisdom and strength to answer you call as best we can. May our efforts be a blessing to all whom we meet along the way.

©2013 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved