This morning I read a great post from Jeff Goins about the power of words. Jeff relayed a story of how one teacher’s words influenced him greatly. It’s a great post and I encourage you to take a moment to read it.
In the comment section of his post I shared a memory of one English teacher who challenged me, through very constructive criticism, to put my best effort forward.
While out for my run this morning, the words from another English teacher I had that same year came to mind. On the back of the final assignment I wrote for her class during my last year of college, she wrote these words to me.
You have a great voice. Keep writing!
I’ve held onto that note for sixteen years.
However, after graduating from college, I stopped writing. Instead, I continued running. It was a run that started the night my mom lost her battle with cancer and went home to be with the Lord. And, it was a run that would last for another seven years.
During this time, I knew that if I wrote, I would have to face my greatest fear…me. And, at the time, I didn’t like me very much. Running seemed less scary than writing.
Are you running today?
I don’t know what challenges you are in the midst of today. I don’t know what that giant might be in your life today, the one that mocks you and tells you that you’re not good enough or that you’ve gone too far in the wrong direction. But, I do know you have a choice in how you respond. You can choose to run, like I did, or you can choose to stay, face your fear, and discover that the battle doesn’t have to be fought all alone.
Keep me safe, O God, I’ve run for dear life to you. I say to God, “Be my Lord!” Without you, nothing makes sense.
As I concluded my run today, Chris Tomlin’s song How Great Is Our God began to play on my iPod. What a perfect song to end this post.