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Training for the Race of Life......Day 65 (Overdoing It)


Training for the Race of Life……Day 65 (Overdoing It)
 What a day, a good day, a fairly productive day, but a busy day.  I went through most of my normal routine day with Bible study, visitation, and some time on the phone, but I still managed to find a little bit of time to run.  I got in around 5 miles and felt really good.  I know over the next few weeks I really have to step things up a little bit as I get ready for the Marathon, which is a little over 10 weeks away.  I need to be diligent about getting up my weekly mileage and in getting in a fairly long (and sometimes extremely long run) at least once a week. 
 5 miles used to seem like a long run, but today it went by quickly and by the time I was done I was feeling very good.  I wasn’t tired and my ankle was feeling good too.  All of that was great but because of all of that I went to church and ended up playing a couple of games of basketball.  Which means by the end of the night I had overdone it.  There was a constant dull ache in my ankle and I knew that I had done to much., which could be detrimental to my training. 
 Have you ever been there in life?  Jesus tells us that He came so that “we might have life and have it to the fullest” (John 10:10), but do you ever feel like you are missing out on some of that fullness?  There are many reasons that could be happening, but one of which is just simply maybe you are overdoing it.  I know having a full calendar is a badge of honor in our world today.  For some reason we think if we are busy, even overly busy, that other people will admire us.  In fact sometimes people have competitions to see who is the busiest. 
 Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that we should sit back and do nothing, but I think we need to realize that life isn’t about being busy.  Jesus said life was really simple, in fact He summed it up this way, “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your mind, with all of your soul, and with all of your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.”  In other words life is about relationships.  First and foremost our relationship with God, and then our relationships with other people.  Its not about a full calendar or on overbooked schedule.
 The story of Mary and Martha certainly shows us that doesn’t it? One sister was extremely busy doing this, that and the other, while the other one just simply sat at the feet of Jesus.  And Jesus said of her, “she has chosen what truly matters.”  In other words it wasn’t busyness, but it was spending time with Jesus and with the ones you love that matters.
 Simply put we can get too busy, we can overdo it, and when we do it can be detrimental to us.  I overdid it and it hurt my ankle and if I’m not careful is going to hurt my training and preparation.  If we overdo it in life however, it hurts more than that, it hurts our joy, our peace, it hurts our “abundant life”, and it hurts our relationship with God and with other people. 
 So take time not just today but everyday to spend with Jesus and to spend with the ones that you love.  Keep running with Jesus and don’t overdo it in life.