This last weekend was one I was pretty much dreading since February when I convinced a few friends of mine to do the 5K color run with me. It was one of the twenty-eight things I wanted to do this year while I am twenty-eight. And now that it is done I can say quite confidently: I will never do that again.
It may seem a little extreme to some people, especially when to them 5K is a daily exercise (although, for the record, I tracked it and it was 5.22K, not that that would make a difference to you runner people) but I am now fully convinced that running will never be for me. While I would love to be a runner, or a singer for that matter, the truth is, those aren’t things that come naturally to me and I’m not interested in putting the time and effort in to get to a decent level.
If there has been one thing that I’ve learned this year it is that I know what I love and that is what I want to spend my time and energy doing. And trying to become a runner or a singer would just take away from those things that I truly enjoy, and the gifts I believe God has given me.
I know that I love spending time with my family and friends, writing, taking pictures, exploring the world near and far, reading good books and encouraging others and those are the things I want to spend my time doing, I want to get better at the things that I love and come naturally to me instead of being a sham.
This is not to say that you should never do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, not at all, I really do believe in stepping outside your comfort zone, obviously, cause I did just complete a 5K, but I think we often spend too much time trying to become someone else or someone we think we should be with gifts we think we should have, and we forget about who we really are and the gifts that God has already given us.
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It can be so easy to become envious of others and wish we had their gifts but that can be such a distraction ploy by the devil to set us off course and keep us from doing the things we were meant to do.
Have you spent your time wishing you had other gifts than have been given to you?
Is there something you need to give up or stop doing today?