I just recently started back running after taking a break from it for quite some time. I remember I was up to 5 miles nonstop. I was so proud of myself, but life happened and I got really busy and distracted. Once you stop it’s really hard to get your endurance back up, so I started back running this past week.
Now everyday that I would get out and start running I would look at my distance watch and just say let me just make it one nonstop mile today... every time I would get exhausted. I would look at the watch and get so frustrated that I was that tired and not even halfway there. I’d get so disappointed I would just start to walk. This happened over and over again, then a friend of mine said, “it’s not about speed, its about endurance.” I thought about those scriptures that say, “the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong...it’s to the one who endureth to the end.” So yesterday I started running and decided not to look at the watch, not to watch the time, but to just focus on what was right in front of me, one step at a time. The task at hand was not looking up but just thanking God for where I was at that moment. Before I knew it I had run two miles. I had to thank God for those two miles, it wasn’t five, but it’s a great start for me to get back to the five.
As I celebrated with my hands in the air, it made me think of life in so many ways. It made me think how we set out with these huge goals for ourselves and they seem so hard to reach. They seem so impossible, and when we have small victories we don’t even stop to notice them, we don’t stop and say, “God thank you for where I am right now.” Life and its circumstances distract us, and we get frustrated because we feel that we’re running out of time. You may not be at your goal yet, but what you need to know is that with each step you get closer. Take some time to stop and thank God for where you are, stop focusing so hard on the finish line and enjoy the race. Each step toward your goal is a victory, you can’t get overwhelmed with how far you have to go... you just need to focus on one step at a time. Keep going.
With that said, I want to thank you for watching The Haves and The Have Nots on Tuesday and Love Thy Neighbor on Wednesday nights. This was my first drama on TV and I was a little overwhelmed when I thought about it, but you, you, YOU! You not only are watching these shows but also taking time to tell me and everyone else how much you love them, thank you so much. The haters can scream so loud sometimes that you miss the voices of the people who love what you do. Don’t worry now, you are screaming louder than them. I hear you, you love it, and I thank you so much for watching both of the shows. You have no idea how many lives you have changed by watching them, how many jobs you keep creating just by turning on OWN on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, I’m grateful beyond words.
Only 5 more episodes of The Haves and The Have Nots for the next five weeks, and only 6 more episodes of Love Thy Neighbor for the next three weeks.