Friday, March 22, 2019

My friend Robert went out for a run one day. He wasn't much of a runner, but decided to see how he would do. The last time he went on a run, he jogged and walked and jogged and walked and, after only about a mile, he gave up. As he was lacing up his shoes, his 2-year-old daughter, Savi said, "Daddy, where are you going?" "My love," he answered, "Daddy is going for a run." "I want to come with you!" Savi said. "Well," he laughed and said to himself, "there goes any hope of making it to my goal." And he happily scooped her up and strapped her into the baby jogger. Robert started his jog and pushed the baby jogger in front of him. They ran over to the big park by their house and ran along the tree-covered trail. After about a mile, the spot where he would normally give in, Robert started to lose his breath and started to slow down. Savi, along for the ride and having the time of her life, said, "Go, daddy, go!" This was just the motivation he needed. Feeling the encouragement and cheering, he kept running. When he passed mile 1, she yelled, "Go, daddy, go!" They ran 2 miles and all the way up to 3 miles as she encouraged him along the way, "Go, daddy, go!" Together, they passed their goal and ran a full 4 miles. Just a little encouragement goes a long way.

Who is in your cheering section? Are the people around you telling you that you can't even run 3 miles (or get to your goals or be who you want to be)? Or do you have people who love you and are just glad to be along for the ride?

Joel Yeast