Patience is a Virture

But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. -- Isaiah 40:31

As I sit and think about my past year I see a lot of things I would of wanted to change. And not only change for better but change for just a different path. One thing I've always said is that whatever happens, or whatever I chose in the moment was for a reason, but sometimes I wonder if it were different what would my life be like.

As I would imagine many of you have done this same exact thing yourself. For me I've learned that my biggest struggle in life and running is to have patience. This past year I've had to learn the hard way in running and slowly have gained more patience in my life. Last year me and my coach dubbed the year with the motto "enjoy the process", which I can definitely say I had my moments but, a lot of times that enjoyment went away.

Running is my life, it's what I do, it's my passion, and it is connected to so many of my dreams. When I get caught in the moment it's hard for me to just stop and enjoy that moment in time. Instead, I loose patience and want to see my goals right away. This hurt me so much last year, in the way I raced and in my training as well. Anxious is an understatement if I were to describe last year. Punching the gun with 200 meters to go in a race is never fun the last 50 meters and a lot of my races played out that way. I can say now that I don't regret not having enough patience when I needed, because the path it has lead me on has been a great one.

Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you. (NLT) ( Job 22:21 )
Do you ever put your hopes into plans and goals? When things don’t work out, you end up grieving over the death of a dream. God wants to give us the desires of our hearts, but we first need to turn them over to Him. Only after submitting to Him can He help you rebuild that dream. Then the fun begins.

When it comes to training, my summer was great! I was enjoying the process of adding mileage, getting in solid workouts and just having a little more freedom in my training. This was all great until the patience bug hit me again. Wanting to get my mileage in became an obsession. Mileage became more important than what my body felt like, and my foot paid for it. I ended up getting a stress fracture that sidelined me all of fall. I then started to learn that enjoying the process and having patience was what I needed to focus on. Even though I was forced into it I believe that it all happened for a reason.

My life still revolved around running, but now it was to help others succeed and strive to be the best they could be. I've never had much patience with kids but all of a sudden my love for the sport and my injury drove me to have some. I can say coaching my high school kids at times was difficult, frustrating, and crazy, but in the end when I look back it was all worth while. I've learned that I like coaching, I can tolerate (which is becoming handle) kids for a long period of time, and that I have more to give in this world other then just running.

This post is more about just having patience within your self and knowing that God will carry you to where you are supposed to be. So I'll end with this devotion that hits home in so many ways. I hope you all have been having a great year so far. Let's keep 2014 positive and bright!