Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. You are always welcome around my table. Several weeks ago I found myself in a funk. As I examined why I was in a funk – by writing in a journal and through speaking with a trusted friend – I realized that I had once again fallen into a trap. The trap triggered feelings of inadequacy in me.
The trap triggered feelings of inadequacy in me, because I found that I had been comparing my insides to other people’s outsides. I found myself experiencing feelings of inadequacy, because I had been looking with out instead of looking with in myself. I found myself experiencing feelings of inadequacy in me, because I forgot to remember that my worth comes from with in myself, not from with out myself.
By examining my feelings and the messages behind those feelings, I believe God reminded me that I am not called to run anyone else’s race. I am called to run my race – using my gifts, talents and abilities in ways that work for me. I am called to be the best runner that I can be, given the tools that I have been given to run my race. I am called to run my race to encourage people to run their races.
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” Helen Keller
I share the above with you to encourage you – as I need to encourage myself – to remember that you are not called to run anyone else’s race. You are called to run your race – using your gifts, talents and abilities in ways that work for you. You are called to be the best runner that you can be, given the tools that you have been given to run your race. You are called to run your race, to pursue your mission and vision.
“Insist on yourself; never imitate. You own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession…Do that which is assigned to you, and you can not hope too much or dream too much.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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