My Crossing the Finish Line is Just the Beginning

balloons at the Jamba Juice 5K finish line

Balloons at the Jamba Juice 5K finish line

Good Evening, God!

Thank You for a wonderful weekend! I am not sore . . . not lame . . . not even stiff! Thanks again!

On Friday I said to my mom, “Guess what Mom, tomorrow I am going to run 3.1 miles, the Jamba Juice 5K, an annual fundraising run. My mom, who even at 98 has all her marbles, replied, “Whatever for?” Without a pause I said, “To make my husband happy!” My mom smiled and said, “That’s a very good thing to do!”

Yes, making my wonderful husband Kit happy is a very good thing to do. My running the 5K was what we call a Love Gift. That term came either from books by Gary Chapman or maybe Gary Smalley. They have both written wonderfully practical books on relationships. And the idea of giving love gifts — making deposits in each other’s Love Bank Account — has been particularly useful for Kit and me.

Right now, Kit is downstairs doing the dishes and listening to the radio after I cooked the dinner. That’s taking turns — sharing the workload — and that is important.

Aah, but a Love Gift is doing something special we know will greatly please the Other . . . something we find difficult or maybe just challenging. For me running is both of those. I do want to be fit, of course. And I do understand the importance of exercise for physical and mental fitness. BUT, running regularly takes TIME.

That means that beyond resolving to do runs, I have to to plan when I am going to do them. Hmm. Well, yes, God, it does take me about as long to write a blog as it does to go out for a run.

Sigh. And yes, God, if I always did a run before doing a blog, I would be fit in no time. Thank You, God. That’s a helpful thought!

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