Last year, I ran my first half marathon. I had to train for months and many of those months were already packed with a billion things to do.

It was a particular busy time for me to decide to run a half marathon, but I was committed despite my other commitments. I felt every day there was something to do, somewhere to go, and that my runs became less and less of a priority.

Just before the storm of frustration begin to form over my thoughts, I remembered something I heard in a podcast: keep moving forward in the confusion. This has really become my new motto. There was a lot of things going on, sometimes my days blended together in chaos and confusion, but I had to keep moving forward.

A few weeks into the new school year, I had scheduled to run 10 miles on a Thursday. When I looked at my calendar I realized that this was a volleyball practice day, a choir rehearsal day at church, and probably not the best day to run 10 miles!

We can’t always control the circumstances around us, but we can control how we react to them. I decided that day that no matter what happened, I would work towards continuing my training for my half marathon.

But I pushed on ahead. Around mile six, I began to feel weak and tired and decided maybe I should just walk the last 4 miles back to my parked car. But at that moment, I found a painted rock that had one of my favorite scriptures on it. Psalm 27:1 the Lord is my light and salvation, whom shall I be afraid.

I knew at that moment that I had the strength to go forward. Because the Lord is my light and he is my salvation. Not only whom shall I be afraid, but of what shall I be afraid? I have a body that is strong and can push through pain, hard times, and chaos. Those words allowed me to finish my run, but the real motivator that allowed me to finish my run, was simply starting it.

Because I decided to just start, I made the first step towards completion. We tend to overthink things, which can really lead to paralysis. Many times we need to just start something, and not worry about the end result. In just starting, we are telling our emotions, our bodies, and our negative thoughts that we are in charge.

I encourage you, if there’s something on your list that you just have not been able to get done, just start. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

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