My Mantra

I just ran 2 miles today.  I prayed and ran.  I wanted to push myself but kinda let myself slack.  I was praying for some friends back in NC/GA and then started in on the ones here in DeRidder.  I noticed I was getting slower.  So I prayed asking God to motivate me to run a little faster, to pick up the pace. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but God has a funny sense of humor.  He sure did motivate me this morning.  With a little downpour of rain.  Haha.  Be careful what you ask for right?  But in that rain as I was pushing myself, I realized two things: 1. I always have the strength to go a little harder, faster, stronger, better 2. I let little things hold me back.  I’m talking about running, but also in everything else.  I think my running right now just reflects how complacent I can get.  I KNOW I can run faster and longer.  I’ve ran 12 miles before.  I’ve run 9 minute miles too.  But my excuse yesterday was that I hadn’t run in a while.  Many runners can talk themselves out of a good run.  They admit defeat before they start.  To fight against those mind games, some runners use a mantra to encourage them during a run.  Mantra is a practice often used in Buddhism and other Indian religions.  It is one sound or  word or phrase used to create a change.  I wanted to come up with a mantra for running to see if it could encourage me.  Since I know that many of my hold ups are all in my head I needed something that reminded me to leave those silly thoughts behind.  I also wanted something to use when I was in the middle of a long run and starting to get weary.  I found a bible verse to help me come up with a good mantra.  Hebrews 12:1-3 says 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  So my mantra will be THROW OFF! and PERSEVERANCE!  When I have doubts or I notice I’m running to slow I will say THROW OFF!  When I start to grow weary and drag my feet I will say PERSEVERANCE!  I noticed that I can use that mantra in my everyday life too.  How many times do I not do something or do it too conservatively because I get an idea in my head that I won’t do it good enough? THROW OFF!  How many times do I stop doing something (like a blog, or a crochet project) or drag my feet through it because I’m weary?  PERSEVERANCE.  Remember Hebrews 12:2 says that FOR THE JOY SET BEFORE HIM he endured the cross… JOY!  🙂


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