I’m nearly about to doze off, as I ran my first 10K today. If I learned nothing else, a 10K is not to be laughed at - especially when you stick a gazillion, million hills in the middle of it. Oh well. I can’t complain. I’m proud of my group of friends who ran the Winter Warlock Road race today, completing our first 10Ks and half marathons, and raising $2560 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. My goal was to run the 6.2 miles without dropping dead, and preferably under an 1 hour. I am pleased to say that my official time was 59:28, earning me a third place ribbon and a big smile on my face as I collapsed into my family and friends at the finish line.
As I was running, freezing and wishing I could be Harry Potter and make hills disappear, I kept thinking of Mother Teresa’s quote that I wrote about last week, "Do something beautiful for God. Do it with your life. Do it everyday. But whatever you do, just do it.” I’ve had a blast scheming and planning our dreams for this race with my friends as we trained during cross country season. We’ve have so much fun, so much love, and so much support. We have done some thing beautiful for God, supporting our brothers and sisters with cancer. Thank you. All for the greater glory of God.
Many of the race participants today were using this race to gain qualifying times for the Boston Marathon. I had to hold in my laughter when I accepted my ribbon after the race and the man presenting the award saw my Dana-Farber running singlet (I mean how could you miss it? It’s neon green, orange, AND blue.) and inquired about it. “Are you running the Marathon in April for Dana-Farber?” I politely said no, and explained that I’m not old enough, smirking and giggling. Twenty-six miles? No thank you! Not now at least. However, I immediately started to think if that was a good goal for a few years. How fast could I train for that? I let my mind wander for a bit, and then my thoughts sharply snapped back to a conversation I had with my mom the day prior. We discussed how sometimes we need to rest in the moment and realize what we’re doing is enough. Celebrate our accomplishments. We need to take the time to step back and look at how much we’ve accomplished from afar. Being caught up in the minutiae of our failures clouds us from appreciating the beauty of what we do do. Each of our actions makes an impact, and whether it’s positive or negative is up to us. The world keeps asking for more, but we deserve to pause and appreciate the beauty of our actions and their reactions. Learn from our successes and failures, and keep on working.
With this notion, a bible chapter came to mind, and I was going crazy trying to pick a singular verse to quote. Alas, my indecisive self couldn’t decide, and thus I have quoted below a whole big chunk of Romans 12. It’s a beautiful epistle written by St. Paul, a sinner who converted and is very much responsible for the Church we have today. It goes perfectly with Mother Teresa’s “Do something beautiful for God,” and I suppose this broken world could use a little more Bible-reading and beautiful words for, and from, God.
"So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship. 2 Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. 3 Because God has given me a special gift, I have something to say to everyone among you. Do not think you are better than you are. You must decide what you really are by the amount of faith God has given you. 4 Each one of us has a body with many parts, and these parts all have different uses. 5 In the same way, we are many, but in Christ we are all one body. Each one is a part of that body, and each part belongs to all the other parts. 6 We all have different gifts, each of which came because of the grace God gave us. The person who has the gift of prophecy should use that gift in agreement with the faith. 7 Anyone who has the gift of serving should serve. Anyone who has the gift of teaching should teach. 8 Whoever has the gift of encouraging others should encourage. Whoever has the gift of giving to others should give freely. Anyone who has the gift of being a leader should try hard when he leads. Whoever has the gift of showing mercy to others should do so with joy.9 Your love must be real. Hate what is evil, and hold on to what is good. 10 Love each other like brothers and sisters.
Read that again. Let it sink in. I can’t analyze that or paraphrase it any more beautifully and perfectly than it’s already been put. Do good for the Lord by doing good to our brothers and sisters. That is all we are asked. Do it in your own way. God gave you the gift of your life, now it’s time to give it back.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support me, especially those who aided me in my run for Dana-Farber. You mean the world to me. Additionally, I do have a prayer request. Please pray for a pastor I know in Uganda who runs an orphanage. They have little food and water because of a drought. Pray as we work to help them.
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Do something beautiful for God.