I always consider myself blessed be married to Hollianne Carver, but forgive me this week if I’m just a little more proud of her than usual.
Hollianne ran the New York marathon yesterday. Yes, she completed it with over 48,000 other participants…but her journey was special. She accompanied me last year and tracked my (slow) progress through New York City’s five boroughs. There were thousands of cheering people lining the 26.2 mile course- and Hollianne got the fever to run it in 2014. She had never done anything like this before.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23
Hollianne wasn’t looking for any special accolades. She HATES any sort of attention- even when it is deserved. She simply wanted to do this for herself. Hollianne also wanted to run it to be an example for our kids…to set a goal and to pursue it passionately.
It was tough. She chose a 20 week training program. She balanced a job, three kids, a traveling husband and a myriad of injuries. Hollianne trained only when it was convenient for everyone else in her life…but not for her.
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Proverbs 24:10
Despite a couple of weeks lost to injury and physical therapy, the training program worked. Hollianne approached race day with confidence, and she finished the 26.2 mile course with a big smile on her face.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
I am often inspired by my wife, but this effort to run, train and compete was an awesome sight to behold. Finishing wasn’t the difficult part for her…it was the decision to begin. She knew it would be tough, but she had the courage to start.
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
We all need to have the courage to start…whether it involves a life or attitude change. It’s often easy to think about the life we want to lead- especially when we think about giving our lives over to Jesus- but it’s difficult to take the first step to make a change or an improvement.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
Please pray for me to have the courage to start. And let me know if I can pray for you too- because an awesome prize awaits for all of us.