26.2 miles. There is a reason they add the .1 to the 13.1
… and the .2 to the 26.2.
A full marathon could be 26 miles. And it’s not. It’s the .2 that requires the last steps, the last breaths, the absolute commitment to FINISH – and the timer ends, and the cheers roar, and the runner looks back and says…
“I did it! I finished! And so can you!”
We three bloggers hosted a special event on Friday, just a couple days ago. This was a huge finish line for us. A marathon we chose to run together, for the sake of seeing others move forward in their lives. And there are so many moments and messages and celebrations that happened because of this day, and even in the preparation for the day.
I want to share with you one of the most significant celebrations for me from the event.
My 12-year-old son chose to skip school and come to the event and show his support. During a journaling exercise Davis wrote:
Hi, My name is Davis Price.
I’m a 12-year-old guy who could be just like you, or completely different. I’ll begin with my mission in life. My mission is to bring as many people to Christ as possible. I want to live life to the fullest and I want you to.
At the moment, I am sitting in the mulch at my church property, and I’m overwhelmed by the beauty of God’s creation.
I’m writing this because I’m inspired by two speakers, my mom, and John Edwards, who is the main speaker at the event I am at right now.
My mom is one of my many heroes, because in the last year, she has:
started a counseling (coaching) business
made a successful blog
made better relationships with us 5 kids and my dad
lived her life to the fullest that’s humanly possible
and finally – she has been a joyful, abundant, playful and loving woman.
That last sentence, could be interpreted in a couple of ways. He might be saying, and “FINALLY!!!! She finally is joyful, and abundant, and playful, and loving.” OR, what I believe Davis means is this: ”and ON TOP OF ALL THAT, she is also joyful, abundant, playful and loving.” That is the version I like .
MY 12 YEAR OLD SON WROTE THIS. If this was the only reason that our business put this event together, and started our blog, and all the other things…this is reason enough.
My 12-year-old son, watching my life – this is reason enough. And so are the other four “reasons” – Wil, Kylie, Dalton, Gloria.
We have five world changers watching our every move – watching us how we do marriage, ministry, missions, mother and fatherhood. Learning from every day, and every choice, and every prayer, and every mistake. They are watching it all.
Who is watching you? Readers. Other bloggers. Your congregation. Your youth group kids. Your neighbors. Co workers. Cashiers at check out lines. Other drivers on the road with you.
We are being watched. Every single moment.
Where are you taking them? Somewhere special. Somewhere neutral. Somewhere safe and sound and comfy and cozy. Somewhere worth going to.
Everyone is leading someone somewhere – even when that somewhere is to “nowhere”.
Jenny Bolt Price
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When was the last time you were clearly reminded how closely someone else was watching you?
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