At the start of a half marathon you feel good.
The wind is pushing you forward. The sweat has yet to start dripping down your face. The sun is out.
Yet, a few miles in things start to feel different.
Your breathing quickens. You feel a small side cramp that seems to grow larger each minute. Your legs start to feel like steel beams.
How you feel is totally different than how you felt minutes before.
In life we are faced with many different feelings. Feelings that can motivate us to do good or cause us to feel downtrotten.
Feelings are like waves. One minute they are barely visible and the next they topple us over like a 5 year old who was too close to the shoreline.
What we need to remeber is that:
Truth is constant.
In the above example of the half marathon, your feelings would be all over the place. However, the one thing that is constant is the truth of the race. The truth being: You need to finish the race regardless of your feelings.
I have noticed within myself and others around me that at times we allow our negative feelings to define who we are. At many moments this discouragement we place on ourselves paralyzes us and prevents us from living the life we are called to live. When we feel rejected and unloved we forget the ultime truth.
God loves us unconditionally. He is merciful.
No matter how we may “feel” about ourselves at any moment, we are made in God’s image.
We were placed on this earth to make a difference and spread light.
If certain feelings are preventing you from bearing the fruit of love remind yourself of the truth:
I am loved by God. God has placed me here for a purpose.
Now no matter the feelings…lets take a step forward and finish this race.