I took this pic on my run this morning. The marker post in the photo is the finish line of the historic Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat race with the Chiswick Bridge in the background. This year the race takes place on the 7th April (Join us for a Boat Race picnic in Dukes Meadows from 14.00), and the two teams have been training for this race for months, even years. For one race with no prize money and no second place medals. Just for the glory…
It challenged me: What am I training for? What am I preparing for? Reaching for? What goal currently drives me to give up any comforts or preferences? And what am I doing to get there? Personally, here are two of mine:
- I want to run a 5km in under 20 minutes before the end of the year. Last years best: 21.18 – thats a long way off 20!
- I want to complete writing my first book by the end of the year (even if no-one may publish it!)
To reach these, I’m slowly getting back into training to achieve goal one, and trying to take a couple of hours each Sunday evening to write and achieve goal two. Are you currently doing something deliberate to reach your goals?
The Apostle Paul shares this attitude in Philippians 3:12-14
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”
...but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.