Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Intentional Living

I heard a radio broadcast today. It struck me. Why is it that the most potent words of wisdom are often the most obvious statements? It was on American Family Radio. The Dr. was talking about the importance of intentional living. I was tired of "perfect living" by the time I was 17. For the last 20 years, I have been looking for the replacement for this unachievable goal. Instead, I was challenged today to be intentional in five areas: Faith, Health, Relationships, Finances and Work. I can't be perfect, but I can be intentional.

My training for the marathon is the same. While I (deeply) hesitate to make public my goals, my desire is to run the marathon in under 4:30. This means I must consistently run 10 minute miles. Right now I am running a fairly consistent 9 minute mile. Hal Higdon gives the best advice: To run fast, you need to run fast. While I have been working to improve my speed over the last month or so, I've discovered I can actually run an 8 minute mile (though only one at a time!). The point is, the second time around, instead of just "getting through the training," I plan to run the race with a bit more intentionality. My goals have changed. While I don't expect personal perfection (which for me would mean qualifying for Boston), I do expect myself to be intentional.

I plan on transferring this lesson to my personal life- to run the race set before me with intentionality. I have given up on perfectionism, but I can make daily choices that move me closer to my goal of finishing the race of life well.


Ashford said...

Thank you for your post. I was trying to remember the 5 points to living intentionally and I found your blog. I hope you are doing well toward your marathon goals and life goals too.