My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

Run Your Race

I was so excited to get together and catch up with a friend recently. We are purposing to make time for one another, even though it’s hard, because we know it’s worth it. I enjoyed our visit, but one little thing left me feeling lousy the rest of the weekend. path

This friend and I are both working toward similar goals. We’re both trying to be healthier. Yes, part of that is losing weight, but it’s more than that. It’s been great to have someone to chat with about it. Until she told me how much weight she’d lost.

My number was nowhere near hers. Double digit difference here. Suddenly, the number I was so excited about the day before felt pitiful. And I quickly moved from feeling disappointed in my number to feeling disappointed in me.

I floundered. I wondered what I was supposed to do. Maybe I should do what she’s doing. Maybe I should be more like her. Maybe I should do something different. Maybe I should be someone different. I wanted so deeply to just feel pure joy for my friend, but I was too wrapped up in my own insecurity.

My yellow brick road looked a lot less shiny when I looked over at hers. And I found myself wanting to stop walking all together. I wanted to give up.

Maybe I was never supposed to look over at her path. The comparison game damages us more than the people we are looking at.

Run your race

The moment we take our eyes off the path God has for us, we set ourselves up to stumble. At times our path may not make sense. It may not look as pretty as the one next to us or like it’s getting us as far. That does not decrease the value and significance of our own path.

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God calls us to do the best we can with running the race before us, whatever that may look like. We can cheer one another on, but never at the expense of our own race. God has a unique purpose for each of us. When we try to be someone else we miss the beauty of all He has for us.

Run your race today, friend. Run well and run hard. Walk or crawl if you have to, but always run your race.


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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

5 Replies

  1. You and Holley Gerth had very similar stories today :). I can always use an extra reminder about staying in my own lane and not comparing. So hard. Thank you!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for being here Alecia!

  2. I feel that! I get lost online on other people’s blogs or websites. Their life stories or their art or their book… I spend an hour getting lost in it all, admiring it, enjoying it… Then I realize I need to be working on my own blog, book reviews … I am working on living more intentional to try to minimize how much time a fritter away admiring everyone else’s stuff. Thanks for nudging me back to my own race!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Janet, I’m so glad you’re here! I’m sorry it took me a little while to get back to you, but I want to tell you one thing: grace upon grace! That’s where we find Him all along the race. Keep going and remember how very valuable you are. Also, a great book I just finished (not to distract you further) about living intentionally was Notes From A Blue Bike.

      1. Yes I read that book! Great book and wrote a book review for it — here is my link https://faithcounts.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/book-review-on-a-blue-bike/

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