Freedom

Today, our nation celebrates its freedom. We celebrate the independence that so many men and women have fought and died for.

But today, I am also celebrating another type of freedom. Personal freedom – the freedom of knowing I really can do anything! After successfully completing my first 5K, I feel a freedom that I’ve never known before. Freedom to push myself beyond my limits. I actually did it! I walked up to the starting line, started the music, and let go. I let go of all my insecurities, fears, doubts, criticisms…and I just went. In comparison to something like a marathon, a 5K isn’t very long at all. But for the new runner, 3.1 miles is an extreme accomplishment.
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Six weeks ago, I had very little self-confidence. I was afraid of trying something that I could possibly fail at. The word “failure” constantly echoed in my head. But then I started running and God showed me how much more I am capable if I just trust Him. When I took the first step out of my driveway and began my first run, I thought I would hate it, that I would never do it again…but strangely enough, the exact opposite happened – I loved it and I haven’t looked back since.

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This morning, I woke up early. I laced up my running shoes. I turned on the music. And I lived. Until I discovered my love for running, I didn’t know what I was capable of. Until I started running, I didn’t know what it meant to live a life that is fully alive.

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Living a life fully alive. This is what I was made for. I didn’t know what that meant for so long, but now that I know, I can’t believe that I’ve been missing so much for so long.

I read a quote one time that said: “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why.” That quote has proven to be true in my life. The day I learned what it felt like to be alive; why I was on this earth, something changed in me and I became a whole different person.

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Now let me explain that a bit. I’m not saying I was born to run (although I believe that is true too, lol). What I’m saying is that I was born to live. God put breath into my lungs so that I could live and love – and in order to do that, God also gave me running.

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Since I started running, I’ve had at least 5 people tell me how much I encourage them and give them hope that they can do it too. Since I started running, I’ve had a heart that, more desperately, longs to love other people, especially hurting people, just because they’re people. I have a heart that longs to love because God first loved me.

So get out of my way doubt and insecurity. I am on my way to conquering every limitation I’ve ever thought I had. Look out world…this girl is ALIVE!

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