Conquer Your Day! Life Lessons Learned From A Track Meet

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This past weekend I had the honor of attending my step son’s track meet in Baton Rouge, LA. This was the regional Junior Olympic Championship meet, so we got to see teams (boys and girls) from all over the south compete.  It was 90 degrees but felt like a 1000 as we sat in the bleachers cheering him on.  As the afternoon was reaching its hottest point, the hurdle races began.


I’ve found the 200 meter and 400 meter races (especially the girls) to be my favorite. Mainly because they teach you so much about life and the human spirit.  I couldn’t help but think about you as I watched these races unfold and couldn’t wait to share with you what God taught me about us gals as a result.  Stay with me here. I have a very important lesson for you today.

First, there are two types of girls that run hurdles:  those that are afraid and those that conquer.

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The girls that are afraid of the hurdles are constantly changing their speed as they approach them. Ultimately, they fear the pain involved of hitting the hurdle or the failure of not clearing it. Ironically, hitting the hurdle has nothing to do with qualification. You win the race by having the best time. PERIOD. You could hit every hurdle, but if you have the best time YOU WIN. 

It doesn’t matter how many hurdles you hit. The fearful ones can’t seem to get past this.  Their jumps are delayed and if they hit one due to fatigue, they panic. They become immediately focused on their current pain and embarrassment  rather than the victory that is in front of them.  You can see it written all over their faces and their speed slows down even more.  

The girls that conquer the hurdles are not afraid of hitting them. They never decrease their consistency and stay fluid throughout the race. The amazing part about this type of gal is that she never slows down or panics when she hits a hurdle. She keeps moving and striding with her eyes fixed on the victory ahead. She may hit the hurdle every single time but she never stops. She keeps mowing through. The hurdle does not scare her. It’s just a part of the race. Does it hurt? Yes. Does it keep her from winning? No.

The lesson for you is this. Choose to conquer this race of life. Don’t panic. The hurdles will hurt but they don’t have to slow you down.  Stay consistent. Keep your eyes straight ahead. When it comes to living A Truly Fit Life, you will have many hurdles come your way. You will be enticed by fear and panic as you seek to transform physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

 You may have overcome so much already with your nutrition and fitness that you can’t imagine doing anything else. Or maybe you are just getting started and you are a little afraid of the journey. You may at a plateau and frustrated. You may be fighting through sickness or a difficult season. Or maybe you are pleased with your nutrition and fitness but your personal life is a wreck! Whatever the hurdle, every day you have the opportunity to CHOOSE what type of hurdler you will be…

From the greatest success book ever written:


1 Corinithians 11:24

"Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever."


Will you be a fearful one or a conquering one? Choose to conquer your day. You can do it. You already have the victory.


  If this has helped you or lifted you up in anyway please share with a friend! You have the power to help transform a life!


Speaking The Truth In Love,