Yesterday my family and I had the opportunity to do one of our favorite things: We worked an aid station at a marathon. Every year our little town hosts a marathon, half-marathon, 10K, and 5K race. Local groups work the different aid stations, and it’s just a lot of fun.
One of the things that I have realized is that for many of the runners, the water, Gatorade, and snacks are not the most helpful things that we give them.
What they seem to value most is the encouragement.
Yesterday we were situated at mile 2 of the half-marathon, and miles 6 and 14 of the full marathon. We were also at the top of an incline.
We could see the runners starting to make their trek up the hill, and so we’d grab our poms and start cheering. The athletes would look up, smile, and pick up their pace.
Every single time.
We’d make eye contact with them and yell to them:
Way to go!
You are amazing!
You got this!
And they would be on their way.
After the last of the runners passed our station, we moved to another one. This one was at mile 24.5 for the marathon.
Here we yelled:
You’re almost done!
Less than two miles to go!
You got this!
It was such an awesome thing to be a part of.
(During the downtimes my youngest son would pretend he was racing. He would run through the station, throw water on his face, pump his arms, and laugh hysterically. My other kids joined him. That was also an awesome thing to be a part of.)
All day yesterday I thought about Proverbs 16:24: Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
It is so true.
Kindness. Simple kindness.
Let’s do it.
Right now in my own life I am in the middle of some marathon-type stuff.
I mean, I am actually training for a real marathon, so that kind of puts a funny little spin on this, but I am also referring to non-race stuff.
And I am so thankful that I have people there, cheering me on. Or even running next to me if I need it.
My family and I are getting ready to move. In less than five weeks we are trading our small mountain town for a large desert city.
In less than two weeks we are moving out of our house and going camping until we get to the large desert city.
Which means I’ve been knee-deep in packing, right? Well, you’d think so. But since I am also coaching two baseball teams, helping coach a third, and have one son playing on a fourth…
Yeah, not so much with the packing. Close to 30 hours a week at the ball fields (YAY!), but, again, not so much with the packing.
Nana is coming up to help me. She lands late Friday night and leaves Sunday night. And in between she will help pack up our house. Oh, and watch the kids play some ball, of course.
Thank you, Nana. Because of you, we got this!
Oh, and remember the post I wrote about a month ago about being All In? Well, I still am.
Right now I am currently working on three different projects: a novel, a devotional book, and a book all about the adventure of parenting. I am so excited about these projects, and I will give more information about them soon.
But as excited as I am, with everything else going on, it can be easy for me to set them aside.
Debbie is one of my closest framily members (framily: friends who are family, family who are friends…you know, the very best people in the world). I sent Debbie a writing schedule, and she is keeping me on task.
With texts, and promises of caramel and chocolate treats, Debbie is keeping me going. A simple text saying: It’s 1:30, what have you written? Translation: You got this!
Thank you, Debbie. I’m on my way.
So that’s me.
Where are you? Are you encouraged?
Are you encouraging?
Here’s a challenge. Find three people today that you can help along their path. Tell them they can do it. Tell them they are amazing.
Tell them they’ve got this.
You can do it.
You got this.
See you soon!