I got up early today and took advantage of the quiet to make good use of my new treadmill. Before my 4th was born, I had worked my way up to 6 miles, which for me, with my weak knees and back, was a huge accomplishment. It had taken me about 6 months of diligent and consistent time on the high school track to get to that point, and to be honest, with the birth of my 4-year-old and start up with home school, exercise in general has taken a back seat.
My treadmill was a Mother’s Day gift this year from my hubby, Chris – he had been searching for quite a while and finally found a great deal on Craigslist. To say that I was excited would be an understatement, as I have wished for one for many years now.
Over the years I haven’t always felt like Chris was overly supportive of my endeavors to be fit – for a variety of reasons. But I have realized something after this particular gift.
He’s always given me the tools I have needed – I have just chosen not to take advantage of them.
I have always had an offer to watch the kids, or a membership to a gym, or a new pair of running shoes, or permission to purchase a new yoga mat… But what I haven’t always had is the motivation to put into practice that which I have been offered, or to choose to recognize what I had over setting in my mind the limitations I thought I had.
We can be like that with God’s blessings and provision as well – focusing on unanswered (or seemingly unanswered) prayers, lack, wishing for more than what we have instead of being grateful… Our minds can literally stop our growth or progression, stunting or delaying success or breakthrough, when all we ever needed was right in front of us all along.
Wherever you are today in your journey, look around and evaluate. Take inventory. You might find yourself closer to where you want to go than you could even imagine…