Saturday, I ran….walked, crawled….my second 5k. Last year, I did it to celebrate my fortieth birthday. This year I did it because I am crazy. Although it is a race, I am not a racer. I’m a meanderer (thus the blog name). I tend to walk, run, zigzag though everything in life…including my 5k. So, when I saw a penny on the ground, I stopped to pick it up. I’m sure it looked very amusing to the onlookers to see a “runner” stopping for a penny. If those same onlookers were paying attention a few yards down the way, they would’ve seen me stop for another penny! (I was just sure God was going to give me a great blog post about slowing down enough in life to enjoy the little things!) I didn’t have pockets, so thought I’d just hold them in my hand. No problem, right? So, off I went continuing my…umm…race with my two pennies clutched in my hand like a kid with candy.
About two miles in, my mp3 player got maladjusted. And I like to run/walk/crawl to music. It keeps me moving. So, when I started trying to get it fixed, I dropped a penny. Oops. I wanted to stop and pick it back up but I was running in grass, which would make it hard to find, and I was afraid if I stopped I might not restart. It was then that I realized what God was really trying to tell me with my pennies. Don’t weigh yourself down. You really are running a race. And the person who gets to the end with pennies is no better off than the person who gets to the end without them. And if you try to juggle too many pennies, it’s going to distract you from the race. In other words, let go of the stuff that just doesn’t matter. Here’s the verse He stuck in my head: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1, NLT
After the race, while resting, I proudly showed my penny to my coin-picking-up best friend (who finished WAY ahead of me). I just knew she’d be proud that I had picked up a penny. She then triumphantly displayed the quarter she had found. Oh well….I least I got a lesson from it….right?
Be blessed today and don’t forget to tell someone that you love them!