Somewhere I blinked and it was today. What? Where? How? The other day I remembered why the summer went by so fast.  Then I read this quote and I thought again about the process of progress:

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” Mark Twain

Surely Mr. Twain has jokes because good health is nothing to sneeze at or blink your way through.  It takes focused or dedicated discipline to see good health.  After I counted up the miles I ran over the summer and it surprised me to see how far I’ve come in such a short time. And now I have a hunger for more.

In the moment, you go with the flow.

If you are like me, you are enjoying the cooler mornings and appreciating the calmer evenings. I’m glad to escape the oppressive heat. Even though there are still schedules to deal with and homework to trudge through we quickly settle into high school football games and sweatpants.  Time in the current season seems to drag on. But in the rearview mirror, the days speed by quickly. And over time, you make significant progress towards some goal you have in mind.

Since we last talked I’ve moved a lot.

I’ve traveled to Nicaragua once again with an amazing team, to Florida to witness the birth of my third grandchild, Finnley Don, and have written a ton of new content I’m hoping to share with you soon. I also ran consistently each week increasing to 25 miles per week.

By going with the flow of time and consistent discipline I dropped four more pounds.  However, the process seemed intimidating at the start.  What I’ve learned about change is the idea seems bigger in the mind than change really is.  Uncomfortable changes make fear bigger than the process.

Over time, I’ve learned this piece of advice.

God has given you everything you need to win the battle you’re in.”   Most people mention seeking the Lord for something. Either you’re running towards or from what the Lord is saying.  And it’s by choice that you are moving in the right direction.  It would be true to say we are all searching for something in this world and that “thing” takes a lifetime to find it, albeit purpose, significance, identity, fame, fortune, etc. The list is endless. But when you get down to the heart of the matter, I’ve come to realize from all my prayers — God is the Answer to whatever it is you are looking for.

God is the Answer and at the end of the “more”, you are looking for.

You can spend the majority of your life looking to fix yourself and at the end of your life, you are still a mess. You can choose today who can be your Source instead of your system. Might I encourage you with a bit of wisdom a trusted friend gave me once through a timely letter…

God has given you everything you need to win.

Today whatever battle you’re in, pick one and apply God’s wisdom to it. Then consider it done. Then pick up your sword, and fight another. When done, keep going. Don’t give up, don’t give in. Over time, mile by mile, you will get to where you are going if you don’t stop believing! (Sounds like a song.)  Wisdom is for not only knowing but also for applying to your battles.

NOW you get to apply wisdom to your personal battle.

You see, it’s one thing to read it from a friend and run along on your merry way. But it’s another thing to put wisdom into practice.  We’re in this together! Thanks for sticking with me like a good trusted friend. What piece of advice have you applied to your own decision-making process that has encouraged you? Please share! I love growing in wisdom!