“I think it’s pronounced ‘yogging,’ with a soft ‘j.'”

I went for a run this morning. Rather, I went for a shuffle. It started as a run, then it slowly devolved into a shuffle-jog, then eventually to a walk. It was miserable. My lungs are still on fire and I’m still coughing as I write this an hour later. I used to be able to run a five minute mile. That’s not a brag. Emphasis on “used to.”

I felt a lot of things during and after the run. A little bit of disbelief as I started out, I was running at a decent pace and listening to my favorite band’s newest album they just released. I concentrated on my form, and I felt pretty good. Then my legs started to hurt, so I slowed down. I checked my distance and saw I had only run about 0.3 miles so far. I was a little annoyed. So I adjusted my pace and pressed on. I told myself it was just because I was running uphill. By the time I crested the hill, my chest was burning. I had to slow myself to a shuffle. I was crossing through the park at this point, and there were people there enjoying the sunshine, so naturally I felt a little embarrassed about my speed. I kept my eyes forward and moved on.

By the time I made it to .73 miles, I had slowed myself to a walk. Arms raised, hands behind my head, I struggled for breath and tried not to cough out a lung. I walked for the remainder of my workout and I got home feeling pretty defeated.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like doing things I’m not good at it. Especially when it’s something that I used to be good at, something that I prided myself on. I was incredibly proud that I ran cross-country and I was proud to be pretty good at it.

That was far from how I felt earlier.

But you know what? Despite feeling super cruddy while exercising, I feel good about making myself go out and do something I knew I wouldn’t be good at.

My encouragement to all of you this week is this:

Try something you’re not good at that you want to be good at. Practice it. Invest yourself in it and remember that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!

Philippians 4:12-13
12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Let me know in the comments what you’re going to practice this week!

Peace of Christ be with you,
Marshall Lauck


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