“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
In life we think that we have all the answers. The truth is that we don’t have a clue. We think that we control or have some type of say over what happens. Our lives are already mapped out for us and we are just along for the ride. While it is great to think that we are the masters of our own domain, it is the moment that we let go and just live that we will be at our best.
Be encouraged that what we do has purpose and is not done in vain. Good or bad it is all a part of the master plan. We don’t always know what is happening or why, but trust me there is a reasoning behind it.
Life is like a rollercoaster. There are ups and downs and loops and so on. While on the ride we often don’t know what’s coming next but when we look back at where we’ve been we’re glad we made it through.
I compare the problems in my life to that ugly shirt that you can’t believe you bought, and can’t return, so you keep it in the back of your closet. It’s always there you just can’t see it until that one day when you’re looking for your other favorite shirt and you see it hanging there in all its ugly glory.
Hiding from our problems or hiding our problems won’t solve anything. If anything it will make Things worse. Face your issues right away instead of pushing them to the back of the closet only to be discovered at the most inopportune time, like when you’re running late and trying to find your second favorite shirt and all you can find is a closet full of ugly shirts.
As it starts to get colder the early morning runs that I enjoyed all summer are starting to get harder. I used to start a run at around 6 or 6:30 in the morning. The temperature would be about the 50’s or 60’s. Not too hot and not too cold, just right. Now that fall/winter has shown its face it’s like 30-35° and it just started to get cold so the temperature will be dropping even more.
So I decided to look into some new winter running gear for this season. I don’t really have any outdoor running gear for the winter because in the past I would run indoors on the treadmill all winter and hit the streets/sidewalks in the spring and summer. This year I’m going to try and run as much outdoors as possible.
Nike has some great winter running gear, from running tights to lightweight sweats to their running jackets that I love. The jackets are great because they are light but hold the heat from your body in while running, eliminating the bulk but keeping you warm at the same time. I was never big on running tights until I actually ran in a pair of them after that I was hooked! They are comfortable and lightweight so it feels more like long underwear instead of restricted tights.
I am definitely going to have to get something sooner rather than later. More to come…
What we were is not always who we are. Our past is not always an indicator of our future. We have the ability to change that outcome at anytime.
Just because you messed up in the past doesn’t mean that for the rest of your life you are a messed up person. If that were the case there wouldn’t be any good people left in the world. We all make mistakes. Those that don’t learn from these mistakes tend to repeat them.
The weather in Atlanta has been crazy lately. It’s like we skipped the Fall season altogether. The last week of October was warm and sunny but that first week of November was kind of unexpectedly cold. There was no between. No Fall.
Now I love the Fall and Winter months. They allow me to do some of my best dressing. I love layers and being able to play with different patterns. The colder months are perfect for that and even if it doesn’t really go together who cares, I’m a guy. No one expects me to be able to put an outfit together anyway.
It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. – 1 Peter 2:15 NLT