Have you ever found yourself running your race with such a sense of purpose that you lost track of the miles? Perhaps you were so busy laying down the tracks that you did not realize what you were accomplishing.
And then you reached a destination or a pit stop and you paused and turned around and said to yourself, “Wow!” You could not believe the body of work you produced nor the abundant fruits of your toil and labor.
It reminds me of a children’s book called Anansi the Spider. Anansi often got into trouble and his seven sons would go to his rescue. Each had a unique gift and they combined their efforts to save him on several occasions. The son Road Builder comes to mind because he had to build the road so that they could travel to help their father.
Review some of those pet projects and you too may find yourself saying, ‘Aha.’ Pause and take a look at what you have already done. Whether it is painting, writing, carpentry, speaking or teaching, to name a few, you should never totally rest on your laurels. However, it never hurts to give yourself a pat on the back and acknowledge what you have been able to get done.
Like Nehemiah in the Bible, you should stay upon the wall because there is too much work to do. You don’t have time to lose focus and come down and hang out with the naysayers. Keep your tempo, pace yourself and run your race like no one else. Create what you can and leave those footprints in the sand by staying upon the wall!
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12: 1
Lynn M. April 1, 2017