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This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: GOAL

 

Goal

 

Ready? GO. 

A couple of weeks ago I made the mistake of asking my youngest son to hold me accountable with exercising more often this summer. Of all three of my kids, he has the most discipline and self-control. 

Our goal has been to jog for two miles at least three times a week. 

The first day I thought was going to die. 

The second day was worse. 

But my son graciously and gently continues to spur me on. When I tell him I have to stop and walk at the next fire hydrant, he says, “How about the next tree after the fire hydrant?” So we run to the tree.

When I tell him I’m going to walk until we reach the black mailbox, he says, “How about the telephone pole before the mailbox?” I groan, but we start jogging again at the telephone pole. 

When I tell him he’s practically walking next to me because I run so slow, he says, “It’s okay . . . you’re just getting started. You already dropped two minutes off your time since last week . . . just think what you’ll be doing next week!” 

If not for my son’s presence and constant encouragement, I would have given up long ago. In fact, I may not have gotten out of bed at all. But he spurs me on, like a brother in Christ with his eyes on the prize. 

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 3:14, NIV

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