And some feel like they have a point, because they do. They have more direction and clarity. The pointed days have purpose, even more pain, and for sure more possibility.
“It’s true that while ambition creates fear, it also creates the story. But it’s a good trade, because as soon as you point toward a horizon, life no longer feels meaningless. And suddenly there is risk in your story, and a question about whether you’ll make it.” Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
I want to live a life of sky diving, not sky watching.
I want to live a life of bridge jumping, not bridge walking.
I want to live a life of finish lining, not “almost there”-ing.
Finish Lines I’ve Been Most Shaped By:
Loss of Dad / Depression - My dad, age 54 had died. My twin sister, an addict at the time, was deep in her addiction. I was absolutely depressed (and somehow functioning as Mom to three children under 5). There were days I definitely couldn’t see a finish line. Often, there were days, I didn’t even know where to line up for the start. But, here I am, living, breathing, a testimony, that even this, can be a story worth “running”.
My two full marathons and seeing others over their finish lines – I had said for years, that by age 40 I would do one full marathon. The same month our twins came to us in foster care, I was 36, and I began my training. The parallel of their arrival, and beginning this journey of completing a marathon – they are astonishing. Pain. Daily, grueling, disciplined work. One foot in front of the other, not knowing at all, how I would make it across. And, I did.
My second full marathon was with two very special friends, on January 1, 2010, and the support that has come out of that for me, is second to none. We have crossed the line together, and there are many more lines to cross.
Adoption / Foster Care – saying yes to this journey as a family, over 5 years ago, and where we are now, I am amazed at how much I have grown to trust God, no matter what – and this finish line has given me two treasures that I will carry in my heart forever – my twins, Gloria and Dalton.
Leadership Training this past year – I have spent 14 intentional weeks on Jenny – allowing God to grow me in some intensive, experiential training, and it has been some of the most amazing learning of my life, and God has clearly revealed to me some deep-rooted work that only He could accomplish. In two weeks, I will be across a finish line with 75 other friends, and it will have been one heck of a ride.
Starting a Business / Blogging / Writing a Book – May 2011, this journey began, and there are many, many more finish lines to cross – and so far, WOW! God is so good. He has created things in my life, out of the overflow of my heart, that I had no idea were even on the radar.
Finish Lines I’ve Yet to Cross:
Leaving a Legacy to the world with my husband and raising our five kids into world changers – a finish line I will cross at my passing into Heaven, AND one that I step into every single day of my life.
6 million dollar building campaign at Covenant Fellowship www.covenantfellowship.com – our church is in the middle of this journey, and it is a huge place for me to depend on God for His provision and to step boldly into trusting others to contribute their best for His kingdom’s sake.
Family trip to Hawaii – we only have four summers left before our oldest son goes to college – so this trip will happen before Wil heads out of the house.
“Inseparable” is my book I will complete about my and my twin sister’s journey through her addiction and my learning the value of tough love – I intend to have this book finished by late 2013 and submit it until it gets published.
Tough Mudder – 10 mile race, 25 military obstacles – looks absolutely grueling and thrilling! I commit to do this and hopefully will complete it THIS year, Dec. 1, 2012 https://www.facebook.com/events/288576974535010/
“I’d stood up and pointed toward a horizon, and now, I had to move, whether I wanted to or not.” Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
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