This morning I woke up early and set out to do my next training. I finished it, but barely. During the cool down walk, I could feel my arthritic knee begin to throb, my neck and lower back tighten. I knew instantly . . . this amount of walking/running was my limit.
It would have been easy for me to just throw my hands up in the air and say, “I can’t do this.” In fact, a few years ago I probably would have done exactly that. However, I have learned one of the most valuable lessons over the past five years: Show Myself Some Grace.
Before I would look at this as a failure. Today, I look at it as a readjustment. I go back to what my first goal was – to cross the finish line. If I keep pushing myself right now, I will probably injure myself and then wouldn’t be able to compete at all. Now that is a failure.
So, I show myself some grace. I accept where I am and readjust. I start the training over again, and if I have to, I will keep going back to the beginning, keep readjusting, to make sure I cross that finish line.
Isn’t that what we as Christians are doing everyday? We have to readjust, renew, and reset under the grace and mercy from our God. Not just one time, but all the time because “we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
This world wants to point out all our failures and imperfections. Our minds want to lie to us and Satan wants to deceive us.
There is no failure under the love, grace and mercy of Jesus. There is only readjustment.