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31 Days of Pink: Actions

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
James 1:22

It occurred to me tonight as I ran alone, determined to get in about three miles, that I am back where I started. Back in the early summer, Jeff and I were walking on the same trail and he challenged me to run a mile with him. I begrudgingly agreed but I did it and surprised myself. It was rough. That day I decided I could make a goal to run ( with five months to train) in the Race for the Cure on Saturday.  To be  there today with the purpose to run, no walking and no music….and to complete what I set out to do…I thank the Lord. Without Him, I know it would not be possible.  And thanks to Jeff for the first mile! 

On this path, about two months ago, I had begun to pick up the pace and alternate running and walking. On my way to the “bridge” as I call it, I see a lady running toward me who is thirty years my senior.”Wow”,I think to myself,”if she is doing this, surely I can!” And then she got right next to me and smiled the biggest smile I have ever seen! It empowered me. I ran a little more than usual, still alternating walking, when I see her headed my way again (yes,she could run laps around me). Do you know that she smiled that huge smile again? I mean, I try to be friendly but I am usually trying to breathe and concentrate on almost being done..haha. A smile.Twice. She was my seventy year old running angel!She inspired me not by one word but by her action. And she ran on her way.

Actions speak way louder than words. 

That truth becomes more and more real to me as I go through my daily life. I love what Jesus says about this in Matthew 7:20 “So then, you will know them by their fruits.” Words are just words if there is no follow up. That’s been the talk around these parts. We have to be known by the fruits of the spirit and not the fruit of the world. “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23. It’s just so easy to wrapped up in our own agendas that we forget to be light to others. We forget to be light to others in our actions. I have surely had to look myself in the mirror and take inventory. You see, I kinda like to use words. And I take every word to heart. I have to be careful with both…I think we would be talking about the fruit of the spirit called self-control. I try to remember Matthew 7:20 when I am in a situation where a person’s actions are not matching up with their words and am learning to keep my mouth shut. Actions do speak louder than words.

So tonight, I am running and I see a lady trying her hardest to walk and I smiled at her.I am quite sure that mine was not as big and bright as my running angel but I just wanted to send her a message that she could do it!!! She smiled back and said “hi.” Off I went. Then I began to realize there are some serious runners out there, passing me like speedy gonzales, but I stay at my own pace. A constant pace that worked for me. Not trying to keep up with everyone else, not distracted with my phone or music, not coordinating the next activity or event but just being, just doing what I came to do, run. And then I saw her…oh, my friend was coming back around to walk another lap, I was so proud of her, I didn’t say a word, but when she got close I smiled my best smile, I hope she knows she can do it!


On Day 9, I dedicate my post to all of the cancer survivors out there, not just specific to breast cancer tonight, but all represented. I never in my life knew that I would gain so many new friends in this new “club”. I am kidding, there’s no club, nobody signs up yet we all feel a connection the second you say “I’ve been there too.” My life is rich, rich, rich because of the wisdom and love that I have learned from the actions and responses of cancer patients that I am blessed to be around. To see them at their most vulnerable times but feel their courage and strength. And to anyone reading that is on the cancer journey, I do say this to you..”I hope you know you can do it! God is with you every step of the way, “for nothing is impossible with God” Luke 1:37 I pray that every need is met and you grow closer to the Lord than ever before through the process, however that looks for you. 

Blessings,
Suzanne


“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
James 1:12

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