hip hip hooray.
lately as i've been training for this marathon, i've been more aware of how much my thoughts and what I choose to dwell on impacts my running. The same is completely true in life. In running if I focus on the pain or discomfort, then I'll let those thoughts eat at me and I'll want to quit, I'll slow down, I won't run well. However, if I focus on being thankful for legs & the time to run, if I focus my thoughts on the joy and release I'll feel when I'm done, if I focus on the parts of me that do feel good and the improvement i see in my running, then my run will thrive.
Likewise in life, if I focus on pain or the things i don't have, then I'm likely to be discontent & not so much a vessel for the love of God. But if I focus on the glory of eternity and the love of Christ and the work He's faithfully doing in me, then I'm more likely to thrive daily.
It works the same way with comparison. If skinny mclonglegs fastrunner girl zooms by me, am i filled with envy? does it make me want to quit? do i want to trip her??? or am i encouraged by her fast skills- encouraged to run faster myself? do i choose to admire her and work harder myself or to tear myself down by comparison?
what about in life? am i discouraged by brothers and sisters that i see walking in the Spirit and thriving? Do i listen to thoughts of comparison and beat myself up and throw a regular pity party? or do i focus instead on the Lord's heart of diversity and his unique giftings he's given different ones of us? do i rejoice in others success and feel encouraged to run harder too?
Thoughts are funny. They can be looming and heavy, overpowering and sometimes oppressive or they can be light and dainty- something barely remembered that floats on by. Sometimes they are barely a whisper and other times they are consuming and fill our heads like thunder. The mind is a battlefield. The good news is that we are not enslaved to our weird, fleshy thoughts. With the power of the Spirit, we can choose to fill our heads and think of things that will encourage us, help us run harder, and helps us love others well.
Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.