When I first created Jamie’s Thinks I thought eventually it would lead into some health and fitness stuff. I mean, in the Bible it says, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1Corinthians 6:19-20)

So this is an easy marriage for me – fitness/health and musings on the Trinity.

I was talking with a dear friend a few weeks ago about food and gluttony and overindulgence and our society as it stands today. And it makes me angry. Angry and sad.

Our society has created us to be beings of instant gratification, to the point that we won’t even take an hour out of our evenings to make a decent home cooked meal. Everyone’s going to the drive thru, ordering take-out or shoving their frozen fake food in the microwave. And because life is so fast paced and is filled with working mothers, those are the options without a lot of forethought and work in meal planning and execution.

Tack that on to the cattle corral at your local Mart of Walls (Wal-Mart) and it’s enough to just make people go from living to just surviving. There’s no living in picking up all those foods loaded with toxins and carcinogens (did you see the latest from the FDA on the chicken breast meat?!?! Ugh) and eating it. THAT’S NOT FOOD.

Anyway, I digress. My friend and I also talked a bit about exercise and the way people live.

A week ago I was reminiscing about my very first race. It was a 4-miler in 2009. Crazy awesome Hilary talked me into it (as she does all things ridiculous related to fitness and other things crazy awesome). Our only goal was NO WALKING. We had to keep running. And we did. It was the most awesome feeling in the world. I had never done a race before. I set a goal and I accomplished it. With God’s help I was training over lunch breaks so this goal wasn’t taking away from my duties at home with an almost one-year old.

Fast forward a few years later at the same race. I waved my girl on. I couldn’t keep up. I was defeated. Then the voices started. Then I was walking. Then jogging. Then walking. And as I neared the end I felt like a failure. It felt like a loser race.

It wasn’t until I started comparing my race results from prior years that I realized I actually made a PR (personal record) on that “loser” race. My race, even with the intervals I was doing, was faster than ever before.

And that got me thinking… When you’re running LIFE’S race and it feels like a total failure, you actually are getting further ahead than you were before. That’s kind of amazing to me.

Do you know that old saying “I may be down but I’m not out”? That’s life. We have our down times… Days… Seasons… Years, unfortunately. And even though it feels like we are pulling up the rear or barely functioning, we STILL are headed towards the finish line. … and sometimes, even though it feels like we are doing a really crummy job at that finish line, SOMETIMES our “barely functioning” finish is even more spectacular than our normal finishes.

It doesn’t matter if it’s weathering some serious financial woes, health issues, marriage problems, sick kids, or estranged families… All of those are part of the race and when you make it out on the other side, you’re going to be coming out further ahead than when you started.

So let’s just keep our chins up, focus on our finish lines and not put a tremendous amount of stock into how we feel we are doing at our race because we are winners when we just take that first step.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. – 3 John 1:2