Ready, Set, Go!

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I had put the last loop through my shoe lace and stood up tall, gazing upon the thousands of people around me. This moment was surreal. After climbing the CN tower stairs, I thought, “What’s next? How can I push myself even more? If I had asked myself 3 years ago whether or not I could run 10K, I would’ve shut that idea down real fast! 

But here I am today, standing with others feeling qualified to do this, because I have the mindset to achieve it.

We go through different seasons in our lives; each one symbolizing something new. Me personally, I’m coming out of a season of being tired of complaining about change, tired of wanting change but doing absolutely nothing about it. In this season, I’m at the point of creating change, no matter what it takes!

Now, I realize we don’t always get here right away. I wish we did, but we don't. If we were to be honest with each other, sometimes something drastic has to happen to provoke change.  

Take for instance the parents of my friend Jay. As a teenager, I remember seeing them all over each other as if they were still newlyweds! Seeing the confusion written all over my face, my friend says to me, "Oh, just ignore them. Ever since my dad's heart attack 5 years ago, they've been like this. You'll get use to it." She went on to explain, "Prior to his heart attack, they were pretty much on the brink of divorce. They argued and fought all the time. But after spending so much time together in the hospital, something happened. It's as if they fell in love with each other all over again!"

It's unfortunate, but sometimes something drastic has to happen to us to push us into the right direction, to trust God again or to simply believe to get through our toughest hurdles.

And then there's those times when someone or something pierces our curiosity; propelling us towards a place of more. You become newly inspired because you've seen more, tasted more, and so naturally, you want more! Whatever it is, this is the point we eventually want to attain.

We want to get to the point of being the change or creating the change. Instead of being the passive bystander in our own lives.

This is why the 10K race I am running today is symbolic to the race I am in pursuit of in my own life. The race to be and to achieve what God has specifically designed for me: the honourable wife, the perfect mother, the curious writer and the engaged speaker.

But Monique, you ask: "what about those bumps in the road? The hiccups we run into along the way. You know, the ones that make us fearful and discouraged. What about those?"

I know, sometimes there are bumps in the road; potholes we get stuck in for a period of time that pull all kinds of emotions out of us.

But one thing I’ve learned, every pothole is divinely orchestrated for our training.

Potholes make us stronger, they make us wiser, and they strip us of our pride. 

Potholes cause us to see our weakness’ outside of Christ. They develop precision- a focus to achieve the smaller goals along the way.  

I know they're tough. But trust me, they serve a unique purpose: they're divenly placed for our training.

Believe it or not, some of the greatest lessons I've learned were through my pothole experiences. My worst character flaws have been refined in times when I fell on my face, deep into a pothole. And I'm sure you can attest with a story or two, had it not been for _____________ , you would've never _________________(go ahead and fill in the blanks).

Every pothole has a purpose. They're almost always unexpected, but they're always for our benefit.

Therefore, every season we enter calls for a firm understanding of the purpose it serves. This requires us to use a Christ-like lens to discern the meaning of the pothole and each encounter it brings (Col 2:3).

I knew for certain, this season was one I needed to press through and to be challenged in ways that I might maximize the fullness of who God designed me to be.

So if it hurts, tough it out. Remember, there is purpose to your pain.

I decided, no matter what it takes, one way or another, I'm getting tothe finish line. At my point of weakness, I will find strength in Christ and in His Word, because I am getting tothe finish line. Whether or not I have the support of people cheering me on, I am getting to the finish line. If I have to drag my behind there,guess what? I'm getting to the finish line.

Today I felt ready.

I had made a resolve.

I AM GETTING TO THE FINISH LINE!

This mindset governed my spirit and grounded my anxious heart.

At the starting line, I carefully placed my headphones on my head, chose a positive message to listen to, got my footing in its rightful position and I was ready to go.

"Ready, Set..."

...I took off towards the finish line!

What season are you in? What mindset have you adopted? What preparations are you making for the win?

Speak God's Word Over Your Life:

"I will keep my eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race I'm in. I will study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed - that exhilarating finish in and with God - he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God (Hebrews 12: 2)."

"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? I will run in such a way that I may win (1 Corinthians 9: 24)."

"I will hold fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain (Philippians 2:16)."